- Top of page
- Major findings and recommendations of NAP4
- New report, same old findings?
- How do we improve the care we provide?
- Is the NAP4 report sufficiently robust to justify changes to the way we work?
- How can the NAP4 report influence patient care?
- Competing interests
The Fourth National Audit Project of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the Difficult Airway Society (NAP4) has published an extensive report examining both current practices in the United Kingdom regarding airway management during anaesthesia and the complications of airway management during anaesthesia and in intensive care units and emergency departments. The report makes more than 160 recommendations designed to improve care of patients. These recommendations have implications for individuals, departments, organisations and potentially for national policy in terms of training, standards of practice and the need for guidelines. The report also indicates several specific areas where future research might be directed. This article focuses on the implementation phase of NAP4, emphasising the importance of taking the lessons derived from NAP4 and turning them into actions to improve the safety of airway care delivered to patients, wherever in hospital this takes place.