Difficult airway adverse events are frequent in the hospital setting is associated with a worse outcome for patients. Patients with difficult airways present unique challenges in emergencies, especially when airway management is required outside the operating room. Current data indicate that the lack of a systematic approach for responding to difficult airway patients in an emergency is a significant factor for morbidity and mortality. The Johns Hopkins Hospital Difficult Airway Response Team (DART) program was created as a multidisciplinary effort to prevent airway related morbidity and mortality. The present manuscript by Mark et al. describes the structure, equipment and cases of the DART at Johns Hopkins. This information can be beneficial in creating a similar system in other hospitals.
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