Public Input Requested as NHTSA and AHRQ Kick Off Systematic Review of Prehospital Airway Management

  • Published December 19, 2019

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in partnership with the NHTSA Office of EMS, has released draft questions that will guide a subsequent review related to prehospital airway management. This is the first step in the process of examining the scientific literature regarding prehospital airway management and then developing an evidence-based guideline (EBG).

Find more information and provide feedback on the key questions here. The public comment period on these key questions is open until December 20, 2019.

Prehospital airway management is critical to patient survival. The purpose of this systematic review and EBG development is to establish a uniform and standardized approach to airway management in the prehospital setting when administering artificial ventilation through the use of bag valve mask or through advanced airway techniques.

Evidence-based guidelines are a key component of the vision of a people-centered EMS system described in EMS Agenda 2050. To find out more about EBGs, visit the new EBG page on and check out the recent EMS Focus webinar on the naloxone EBG and the future of evidence-based guidelines