Overview of the Vortex Approach:

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Dr Nicholas Chrimes, FANZCA

Specialist Anaesthetist

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Dr Peter Fritz, FACEM

Emergency Physician & Retrieval Specialist

Cognitive Tool

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Nicholas Chrimes explains the Vortex in 90 secs








Listen to Minh Le Cong’s Vortex interview with Nicholas Chrimes & Peter Fritz on PHARM


Hear Scott Weingart’s thoughts on the Vortex in this EMCrit Wee


Minh Le Cong interviews Martin Bromiley & Nicholas Chrimes about “Human Factors: Lessons from aviation & anaesthesia”

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Overview The Vortex is a “high stakes cognitive aid” - simple enough to be recalled in a crisis and flexible enough to be used in any context. Our philosophy is to train staff for management of the unanticipated difficult airway in the same manner we train them to manage cardiac arrest - using a single simple & universally applicable template that is taught to all staff likely to be involved in managing the crisis - irrespective of critical care discipline and of whether they are from a medical, nursing or paramedical background.

Modified CriCon ESA Preparedness Status:http://crisispoint.net.au/2013/03/26/cricon-meets-the-vortex-by-nicholas-chrimes/

See how a modified version of Scott Weingart’s CriCon concept can be integrated into the Vortex approach in an attempt to improve the practical & psychological preparedness of clinicians to perform an emergency surgical airway.

Vortex Optimisation “Training Matrix”

Download this teaching tool to assist training your staff in the specific interventions available for airway optimisation under the 5 general headings for each non-surgical airway technique.

All educational materials may be reproduced with acknowledgement of the original authors.

The Vortex in Action:http://crisispoint.net.au/2013/03/26/cricon-meets-the-vortex-by-nicholas-chrimes/

Discussion of Concerns Raised with the Vortex Approach:

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Download the free e-book outlining the Vortex Approach. Available in a variety of formats to suit all computers, tablets, smartphones & e-readers.

Clincal use of the Vortex Approach is reported in a letter to the British Journal of Anaesthesia Br. J. Anaesth. (2014) 112 (4): 773-774