Airways-2 launches today

Breathing apparatus

The Airways-2 study launches today which will evaluate the differences between i-gel and intubation for patients in cardiac arrest.

More than 250 paramedics have been trained to participate in the study across the region and they have to follow a strict protocol and algorithm when managing the airway of a patient in cardiac arrest. 

Director of Clinical Quality and Nursing Sandy Brown said: “I would like to thank all of our paramedics who have put themselves forward to be involved in this important study. It is hoped that the results will shape future guidelines for out-of-hospital cardiac arrest, which will really improve patient care.”

When the Airways-2 paramedic arrives at the cardiac arrest they will manage the airway according to their given algorithm, unless the airway is already being managed by a paramedic on scene. This could be using i-gel or intubation. It is vital that the Airways-2 paramedic is allowed to use this chosen airway, which is managed according to strict criteria, and it is not removed whilst it continues to be effective. 

The Trust is aiming to enrol 2,000 patients over the two-year study. 

Published 1st July 2015

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