The Difficult Airway Society (DAS) is a UK based medical specialist society formed to enhance and promote safe airway management of patients by anaesthetists and other healthcare practitioners. DAS is actively involved in training healthcare professionals in the safe and competent practice of advanced airway management. DAS has produced guidelines for airway management of patient undergoing anaesthetic. These guidelines are highly valued and widely followed not only in the UK but also worldwide. With nearly 3000 members (most of whom are anaesthetists based in UK and worldwide ) DAS is also the largest specialist society in the UK.

DAS Airway Alert Card Project

This is an ambitious new project launched in interest of patient safety. Please visit our detailed information page on this project. 

Patient Information about airway management

The links below lead you to patient information leaflets produced by DAS about how anaesthetist manage your airway (breathing passage) during an anaesthetic. 

What is airway management?

The link below lead you to patient information leaflets produced by Dr Kausar Hirani and Dr Ajit Sukumaran.Consultant Anaesthetists, North Manchester General Hospital., Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.Manchester-UK. DAS has not been directly involved in its production, however it has been recognised by DAS as useful for wider distribution.

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