Back to top

Airway management

General Airway Checklist

The general checklist is suitable for use with adults and children, however there are specific resources lower down the page that may be useful for peadiatric patients.

The ECI airway checklist was produced in by Dr Daniel Gaetani and Dr Chris Partyka of Campbelltown and Liverpool Emergency Departments. It is evidence based and was produced using data from over 1000 intubations from the NSW airway registry. Common errors and were addressed with a focus on encouraging verbal planning of intubation attempts with the team.

This material with video demonstration is also available in on our procedures page.

Paediatric Airway Resources

The general checklist is suitable for use with adults and children, however the following resources may be useful when managing paediatric patients.

Further references and resources

Relevant Procedure Guides

  • Airway - Airway manoeuvres
  • Airway - Cricothyroidotomy (needle)
  • Airway - Cricothyroidotomy (surgical)
  • Airway - Extubation (non-palliative)
  • Airway - Intubation (COVID-19)
  • Airway - Intubation (RSI)
  • Airway - Laryngeal mask airway
  • Airway - Nasopharyngeal airway
  • Airway - Oropharyngeal airway
  • Airway - Tracheostomy emergencies

Evidence informed

Peer reviewed and links to external websites

Collaboration

Authors noted in individual publications

Currency

Reviewed: November 2020

Next Review due: November 2023

Please send any feedback to eci-acis@health.nsw.gov.au

© Agency for Clinical Innovation 2021