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Implementing NAP4

The NAP4 report included more than 160 recommendations designed to make airway management during anaesthesia, in intensive care and in emergency departments safer. It is hoped that many departments will have implemented these recommendations in full already.

However, others may have found some difficulty with some recommendations. This presentation gives an insight into how some of the more challenging recommendations have been approached and implemented in the Royal United Hospital, Bath. We are grateful to Dr Fiona Kelly, Consultant Anaesthetist in Bath, for allowing us to use this presentation.

Last year the college and DAS endorsed the recommendation that every UK department of anaesthesia should have a Departmental Airway Lead. Implementation of NAP4 recommendations was one of the main aims of the creation of this role.

We hope that those departments that have not yet implemented the NAP4 recommendations will now be able to. In the spring/summer of 2013, a national survey will be circulated to explore whether and how NAP4 has led to changes in practice.