Airway Matters

Explore key concepts underlying safe, multidisciplinary airway management.

Develop safe airway management strategies for your patients

The safe management of a patient’s airway is one of the most challenging and complex tasks undertaken by a health professional – complications can result in devastating outcomes.

How can we improve safety, prevent complications, and be prepared to manage difficulties when they arise?

How, in a crisis, can we ensure that human and technical resources are best utilized?

Our course will provide answers to these key questions and help you develop strategies to improve patient safety in your area of practice, discussing safe airway management in patient groups and multidisciplinary clinical settings.

This course has been updated with the latest guidance on airway management in patients with COVID-19 and relevant personal protective equipment.

What topics will you cover?

This course has been carefully designed to provide an up-to-date and practical educational experience, with learners accessing comprehensive course materials developed in collaboration with leading experts, frontline clinicians, and patients.

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Week 1: Safe Airway Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Airway Anatomy
  • Airway Safety: The Big Picture
  • NAP4, Key Findings and Recommendations
  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Airway Management in patients with COVID-19
  • Anatomy: a Journey Through the Airways
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Week 2: Airway Assessment and Planning, Cognitive Tools, Dealing with Emergencies
  • Assess the Airway and Develop a Strategy
  • Airway Equipment
  • Cognitive Tools
  • Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate
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Week 3: Safety and Special Techniques
  • Rapid Sequence Induction
  • Extubation
  • The Obstructed Airway
  • Special Techniques: Awake Tracheal Intubation, High-Flow Nasal Oxygenation, Jet Ventilation, LASER
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Week 4: The Shared Airways
  • The Patient Journey
  • Tracheostomies and Laryngectomies
  • The Critically Ill Patient
  • Prehospital Airway Management
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Week 5: Airway Management in Special Circumstances
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Obesity
  • A Global Perspective

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