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DocApprovED: App Reduces Anxiety over Difficult Airways

Mohseni, Alex MD

doi: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000522221.14571.20

Dr. Mohseniis an emergency physician in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area and the chief innovation officer of Emergency Medicine Associates. He is the editor of his own blog, Follow him on Twitter @amohseni, and read his past columns at



Managing a difficult airway can be one of the most stressful moments in any emergency physician's shift. It can be easy to freeze and forget your algorithms and doses in the heat of the moment.

Thankfully, our handy smartphones can help us in these moments. Just knowing that you have a resource ready to help you can reduce the anxiety and stress from these cases. The Difficult Airway app, offered by the Airway Management Education Center (the same folks who offer the Difficult Airway course) was recently updated to version 2.1. It offers a simple and intuitive interface to calculate RSI doses for both adults and children, while taking into consideration body habitus and blood pressure in adults.

The app also guides users through key algorithms and predictors of a difficult airway, and hosts refresher tips and pearls as well as a quick guide for hyperkalemia with succinylcholine use. The app has a very good video showing three different techniques for performing a surgical airway.

The Difficult Airway app is currently available only on iOS (no Android) for $2.99, and comes highly recommended for all EPs. You can find more information by visiting

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