There was a lot of coverage for the original Vortex Approach and the revised version has also caught some attention. Others like Minh Le Cong have covered it and the British Journal of Anesthesia has the paper available for free (at this time). It is definitely worth going to the Vortex Approach website as well for details, especially regarding training.
The picture above demonstrates an airway cart with the labels just like the Vortex Approach diagram. It is simplified and if interested in routinely integrating this method into everyday airway management, should be considered. There are also multiple examples of CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygen) kits on the website, as well.
If you are interested in using the Vortex Approach, there is a training app available here. There are also other resources available on the website here. Ultimately, if incorporating this into your usual airway management, make sure the rest of the team knows the plan. Although it is intuitive in nature, the vocabulary used may not be and can actually be confusing. Examples are using phrases as "We are getting sucked into the Vortex" or "We're in the Green Zone" could be confusing to those not initiated. However, the concepts on their own can be beneficial even when not incorporated into the team.
No matter the methods used, make sure that everyone has proper training. The Vortex Approach is one of many tools out there. Again, thank you to Dr. Nicholas Chrimes for coming and speaking on the podcast. It is definitely a beneficial approach to airway management and one that should be regularly incorporated into airway education. If you have any questions contact him through the Vortex Approach website or leave a comment here. Remember to visit us on Twitter, Facebook, iTunes, and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions. We will be back soon with more content. Until then, continue to provide total care everywhere.
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