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Clinical Pathways promote evidence based, safe, and high-value care for patients by providing clinical recommendations and standard processes. They are developed by multidisciplinary committees of subject matter experts, informed by methodical review of available evidence and consensus among committee members.  

Clinical Pathway: 

Inclusion and exclusion criteria: 

  • Inclusion: Patients suspected to have a foreign body in their airway. 
  • Exclusion: Patients without a suspected airway foreign body.

Committee members involved in the development: 

  • Doug Rivard DO | Medical Chairman, Radiology | Committee chair 
  • Jennifer Johnson MD, FAAP | Director, Division of Urgent Care | Committee member 
  • Lisa Schroeder MD | Chief Medical Quality and Safety Officer | Committee member 
  • Bob Weatherly MD | Section Chief ENT | Committee Member 
  • Samantha Cornell APRN | ENT | Committee Member 
  • Tolulope Oyetunji MD, MPH | Pediatric General and Thoracic Surgeon | Committee member 
  • Christopher Oermann MD | Division Director, Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine | Committee member 
  • Joan Giovanni MD | Interim Division Director, Pediatric Emergency Medicine | Committee member 
  • Todd Glenski MD, MSHA, FASA | Anesthesiology & Evidence Based Practice Medical Co-Director | Committee member 
  • Jacqueline (Jackie) Bartlett PhD, RN | Director, Evidence Based Practice | Committee member 

Publication dates:

  • Finalized/Revised: January 2020; February 2022 
  • Next expected revision date: February 2025

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These pathways do not establish a standard of care to be followed in every case. It is recognized that each case is different, and those individuals involved in providing health care are expected to use their judgment in determining what is in the best interests of the patient based on the circumstances existing at the time. It is impossible to anticipate all possible situations that may exist and to prepare a pathway for each. Accordingly, these pathways should guide care with the understanding that departures from them may be required at times.