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Examination of anesthetic practitioners' decisions for the design of a cognitive tool for airway management

R Schnittker, SD Marshall, T Horberry, K Young, G Lintern

Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society | Published : 2016


The goal of this research was to examine the decisions made by anesthesia providers in emergency and routine clinical situations relating to airway management. A key function of anesthesia is to ensure oxygen can be delivered to the lungs via a patient's airway. Failure to maintain adequate oxygen levels leads to brain damage and death. The anesthetic work environment is complex. Occasionally, stressful situations occur when difficulties in airway management arise. Members of the anesthesia team must then engage in complex cognitive activities such as rapid, collaborative decision-making. It is suggested that cognitive AIDS may support decision-making in these situations, although this has n..

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