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March 3, 2013

“March winds and April showers bring forth May flowers”

In ancient Rome, March marked the start of the new year since it is the beginning of Spring in the Mediterranean climate. Here at the Stanford AIM Lab, we are enjoying a similarly temperate start to the new year. The blue skies and sunshine have made us exceptionally productive lately, and we are proud to release our newest batch of emergency checklists to the cognitiveaids.org crowdsourcing community.

New ASA Guidelines, New Aids

We are proud to announce the release of the first group of checklists in our airway and ventilation roadmap. These include aids for the unanticipated difficult airway during rapid sequence induction, bronchospasm, airway fire, and aspiration. Two of these aids, unanticipated difficult airway and airway fire, are based on the new ASA guidelines just released in 2013. We wish to thank our terrific collaborator, Dr. Jeremy Collins, an expert in the management of difficult airway, for his important contributions to the difficult airway checklist.

Invitation to Use and Share 

On behalf of the Stanford AIM lab, Dr. Kyle Harrison and myself are proud to offer these aids to the public under a creative commons license (to share and distribute, but not sell or modify). We look forward to comments from the public about how we can improve them. You can print a copy for your own use without charge. We also plan to offer high quality commercially-printed paper-based aids for sale to the public. An iOS app and Kindle book are forthcoming.

Finally, we invite you to join the CogAIDS community newsletter to stay informed of our progress as we continue to develop more medical cognitive aids. We look forward to the day when awareness of the use of cognitive aids in medicine will be as commonplace as the airline safety card.

Larry Chu, MD, MS
Associate Professor of Anesthesia
Director, Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab
Stanford, California, USA

Kyle Harrison, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Anesthesia
Core Faculty, Stanford Anesthesia Informatics and Media Lab
Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Hospital, Palo Alto, California, USA

Download Airway Emergency Aids, Part 1 – US English*

*By downloading the ACLS Emergency Aids, you agree to comply with the terms of our Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.

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