Operation airway: The first sustainable, multidisciplinary, pediatric airway surgical mission

Derek J. Rogers, Corey Collins, Ryan Carroll, Phoebe Yager, Brian Cummings, Nikhila Raol, Jennifer Setlur, Stephen Maturo, Sarah Tremblay, Ernesto Quinones, Natan Noviski, Christopher J. Hartnick

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Objective: This study aimed to describe the development and implementation of the first sustainable, multidisciplinary, pediatric airway surgical mission in an underserved country. Methods: This prospective, qualitative study was conducted for the first 4 Operation Airway missions in Quito, Ecuador. The major goals of the missions were to assist children with aerodigestive abnormalities, create a sustainable program where the local team could independently provide for their own patient population, develop an educational curriculum and training program for the local team, and cultivate a collaborative approach to provide successful multidisciplinary care. Results: Twenty patients ages 4 months to 21 years were included. Twenty-three bronchoscopies, 5 salivary procedures, 2 tracheostomies, 1 T-tube placement, 1 tracheocutaneous fistula closure, 2 open granuloma excisions, and 6 laryngotracheal reconstructions (LTRs) were performed. All LTR patients were decannulated. A new type of LTR (1.5 stage) was developed to meet special mission circumstances. Two videofluoroscopic swallow studies and 40 bedside swallow evaluations were performed. One local pediatric otolaryngologist, 1 pediatric surgeon, 3 anesthesiologists, 7 intensivists, 16 nurses, and 2 speech-language pathologists have received training. More than 25 hours of lectures were given, and a website was created collaboratively for educational and informational dissemination (http://www.masseyeandear.org/specialties/pediatrics/ pediatric-ent/airway/OperationAirway/). Conclusion: We demonstrated the successful creation of the first mission stemming from a teaching institution with the goal of developing a sustainable, autonomous surgical airway program.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)726-733
Número de páginas8
PublicaciónAnnals of Otology, Rhinology and Laryngology
EstadoPublicada - 1 oct. 2014
Publicado de forma externa


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