Journal article

Human factors enablers and barriers for successful airway management - an in-depth interview study.

R Schnittker, S Marshall, T Horberry, KL Young

Anaesthesia | Published : 2018


Human factors are the individual, team, environmental and organisational aspects of the anaesthetic environment that affect performance and decision-making of anaesthesia teams. This study aimed to identify which human factors were enablers and/or barriers to anaesthesia teams during airway management challenges. Sixteen interviews were conducted with experienced anaesthetists and anaesthetic nurses using an in-depth interview technique (the Critical Decision Method) to identify human factors enablers and/or barriers during successful management of a significant airway challenge. Thematic analysis identified three overarching enablers: equipment location and storage; experience and learning;..

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Awarded by Australian Research Council

Awarded by Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council