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We strive to continually improve airway management in anaesthesia with a focus on minimising risk associated with difficult airways.

Oxford airway group
Endoscopic views of fibreoptic-assisted nasal tracheal intubation

Difficulties with airway management after induction of anaesthesia are the commonest cause of mortality or morbidity with anaesthesia and 'difficult airway management' is considered one of the priority areas for clinical anaesthesia research. Our group promotes research, audit and training in this area. We have been involved in research which has made a significant contribution to the understanding of issues surrounding fibreoptic intubations. We have worked with the national Difficult Airway Society (UK) to develop national practice guidelines and in multi-centre clinical trials.

[the group] has made significant contributions to the field of airway management, has an impressive publication record, and demonstrates clinical excellence- International Peer Review from Difficult Airway Society and Society of Airway Management, North America (Professor Richard Cooper, Toronto)

The Group was key to the Royal College of Anaesthetists' NAP4 national audit on complications of difficult airway management, with Dr Popat being a panellist and peer reviewer. Professor Pandit co-wrote the key editorial accompanying this national report.

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