While working as a student with the Human Factors Team at Alberta Health Services, I was asked to assist in the design of a standardized algorithm that would guide physicians through completing a Difficult Airway Management Protocol. This would be used for training purposes as well as for procedures. DAM protocols had a rising fatality rate that would only be solved through proper procedures and training.
Through consulting a group of physicians, I designed a one page system map that was consistent with the DAM crash cart and easy for physicians to quickly use. By sketching, brainstorming and completing four different versions of the digital algorithm, we were able to then present the options to a board of Medical Professionals where they then chose the most user-friendly design.
The algorithm has been approved for implementation across the Calgary zone as they have already started purchasing equipment and new drawers for their crash cart. The algorithm is soon to be implemented in all hospitals across the province and potentially across Canada.