There is a mountain of published literature on optimal management for many operating room crises, such as local anaesthetic systemic toxicity or cardiac arrhythmias. But despite this, even expert clinicians frequently omit or delay key actions, with detrimental impacts on patient morbidity and mortality. In the decade since the 2010 Helsinki Declaration on Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology, great strides have been made in the arena of cognitive aids to enable healthcare teams to deliver better care to our patients, during and peri-crisis. One of the first actions of the EBA/ESA Helsinki Declaration Implementation Task Force was to produce and promote a series of Crisis Checklists. Building upon the WHO Surgical Safety Checklist for normal workflow, which was highlighted in Helsinki, multiple groups globally have worked on emergency manuals, including development, simulation testing, clinical implementation studies and training resources.
Chapter 12: Emergency manuals as cognitive aids: from simulations to clinical implementations and uses (Goldhaber-Fiebert) Ten years of the Helsinki Declaration on patient safety in anaesthesiology, European Journal of Anaesthesiology: July 2020 – Volume 37 – Issue 7 – p 521-610 doi: 10.1097/EJA.0000000000001244
Leeuwin Press has worked closely with David Borshoff to produce the Anaesthetic Crisis Manual (ACM).
The ACM has been both endorsed and extensively referenced by the European Society of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care in the creation of their website based operating room crisis checklists, consistent with the goals of the 2010 Helsinki Declaration for Patient Safety in Anaesthesiology. It was ‘Highly Commended’ in the BMA 2012 Medical Book Awards and is endorsed by the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.
The ACM is now joined by the Resuscitation Crisis Manual and the Perfusion Crisis Manual