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  • Otolaryngology 2014, Vol 4(1): 156
  • DOI: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000156

Harmonious Team Approach for Safe Airway Management -The Keio University Experience-

Haruna Yabe1, Koichiro Saito1*, Kosuke Uno1, Takeyuki Kono1, Hiroshi Morisaki2 and Kaoru Ogawa1
1Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, , Tokyo, Japan
2Department of Anesthesiology, Keio University School of Medicine, , Tokyo, Japan
*Corresponding Author : Koichiro Saito, Assistant Professor and Director, Division of Laryngology, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Keio University School of Medicine, 35 Shinanomachi Shinjuku, Tokyo 160- 8582, Japan, Tel: +81-3-3353-1211 Exn. 62441, Fax: +81-3-3353-1261, Email: [email protected]

Received Date: Dec 09, 2013 / Accepted Date: Jan 25, 2014 / Published Date: Feb 03, 2014

Abstract

Surgical Tracheostomy (ST) has been a standard procedure for surgical airway management for a long time. Recently, Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy (PDT) is getting more and more popular in the US and Europe in this field. In Japan, PDT is becoming well-known following the trend in other countries mainly due to its relatively easy procedure even for non-surgeons to secure the airway. However, part of the multidisciplinary participants in preparing/ performing tracheostomy and postoperative care do not have opportunities to understand the (contra) indications of PDT, or to precisely learn the technical difference between ST and PDT. Furthermore, instruction for use is hard to be strictly followed in diverse situations to potentially induce multiple accidents.

In our institution, PDT was adopted under the collaboration between anesthesiologists and otolaryngologists in January 2008. However, at that time, responsibilities and roles of every participant engaged in the tracheostomy were not clarified, while multiple responsible decisions were necessary for harmonious procedure, e.g. necessity of tracheostomy for the candidate, timing to perform the procedure, selection of proper surgical procedure, and the place where the tracheostomy should be performed. Considering such a muddled situation, we organized a committee consisted of surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses and administrative organizers to comprehend the recent complicated situations surrounding tracheostomy. The final purpose of organizing the committee was to build a unique intramural rule to prepare and perform elective tracheostomy safely and harmoniously.

In this communication, multiple issues to produce the present confused situation for harmonious elective tracheostomy are summarized. We show our current intramural protocol for elective tracheostomy, delivered in July 2010, which clarifies the sequential role and responsibility of every multidisciplinary participant at each indispensable decision for safe procedure. Furthermore, current practice of tracheostomy in our institution, especially in the intensive care unit, was assessed.

Keywords: Tracheostomy, Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy, Multidisciplinary teams? approach, Airway management, Protocol

Citation: Yabe H, Saito K, Uno K, Kono T, Morisaki H, et al. (2014) Harmonious Team Approach for Safe Airway Management -The Keio University Experience-. Otolaryngology 4:156. Doi: 10.4172/2161-119X.1000156

Copyright: © 2014 Yabe H, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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