Airway Code Calls - Survey of Management

Airway Code Calls - Survey of Management


Lead sponsor: Singapore General Hospital

Collaborator: Tan Tock Seng Hospital

Source Singapore General Hospital
Brief Summary

This is a survey of airway codes, which are emergency mobile phone requests for anaesthetic help to manage acute airway crises in the hospital (out of theatre, out of Surgical Intensive Care Unit, SICU).

The anaesthetists are doctors trained in advance airway management. Patients in the hospital may suffer airway crises e.g. airway obstruction or need for tracheal intubation (insertion of breathing tube) for various reasons. The on call SICU anaesthetists responds to the airway code by attending the patient in need and managing the patient at their own discretion.

Airway management will depend on the anaesthetist's knowledge, skills and experience. it will also depend on the available airway equipment.

We plan to evaluate airway codes for a 24 month period. Parameters include: type of incident; patient factors (including airway assessment); type of equipment used; anaesthetic drugs used; airway management chosen by the attending anaesthetist; and, airway complications.

Detailed Description

Airway codes will be managed as standard care. These calls are taken and managed by anaesthetists on call on SICU. The audit form is filled in by the on call anaesthetist after the airway code has been managed. This is an audit looking at:

Primary outcome

•Evaluate the type of airway codes that the SICU anaesthetist is called for

Secondary outcomes:

- Patient factors (including airway assessment)

- Type of equipment used

- Type of anaesthetic drugs used

- Airway management chosen by the attending anaesthetist

- Airway complications.

Overall Status Unknown status
Start Date November 2016
Completion Date November 2018
Primary Completion Date November 2018
Study Type Observational [Patient Registry]
Primary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Survey the type of airway codes that the SICU anaesthetist is called for One hour post calling of airway code
Secondary Outcome
Measure Time Frame
Survey of types of equipment needed for airway management One hour post calling of airway code
Number of participants with predictors of difficult airway One hour post calling of airway code
Enrollment 300

Sampling method: Non-Probability Sample


Inclusion Criteria:

- adults outside operating theatre and Surgical Intensive Care Unit requiring emergency anaesthetic airway support

Exclusion Criteria:

- Nil

Gender: All

Minimum age: 1 Year

Maximum age: 100 Years

Healthy volunteers: No

Overall Official
Last Name Role Affiliation
Patrick Wong, MBBS FRCA Principal Investigator Singapore General Hospital
Overall Contact

Last name: Patrick Wong, MBBS FRCA

Phone: +6563214220

Email: [email protected]

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Singapore General Hospital | Singapore, 169608, Singapore Recruiting Patrick Wong, FRCA 63214220 [email protected]
Tan Tock Seng Hospital | Singapore, 308433, Singapore Recruiting Jinbin Zhang, MMED 62566011 [email protected]
Location Countries


Verification Date

January 2017

Responsible Party

Responsible party type: Sponsor

Has Expanded Access No
Patient Data No
Study Design Info

Observational model: Cohort

Time perspective: Prospective