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This is the first, largest and longest running national airway course designed specifically for trainees involved in airway management, open to all anaesthetic trainees, ICU trainees, ED trainees and residents in anaesthesia, ICU and ED.
Since its inception, thousands of airway practitioners have experienced Airway Skills in New Zealand and Australia, benefitting from a course that is constantly evolving with the latest techniques and equipment. Content has been enriched through regular visits by world-leading faculty who have generously shared their expertise.
Balancing the Pressures: A review of the quality of care provided to children and young people aged 0-24 years who were receiving long-term ventilation
A report by UK based agency, National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD), released February 2020, which highlights the quality of care of people aged 0-24 receiving long-term ventilation.
Masimo Webinars: Matching oxygen delivery to metabolic demands with a total oxygen delivery and vital organ monitoring platform
Topic:. Matching oxygen delivery to metabolic demands with a total oxygen delivery and vital organ monitoring platform. Date: November 2022. Duration: 52 mins approx.
Please Note: This webinar was supported by Masimo.
Management of CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate)
EdWISE e-Learning Site Airway e-Learning Module. Note: Users need to create a [free] user account to access module.
The focus of the Vortex Approach is on providing "implementation tools" for real-time use during the process of airway management.
The Vortex Approach by Nicholas ChrimesThis text outlines a simple, team-based approach to managing the unanticipated difficult airway. The approach is designed to address many of the issues identified as contributing to morbidity & mortality in difficult airway management. It consists of a comprehensive education program based around a simple framework for decision making and supported by a straightforward cognitive tool.
Call Number: Free eBook
Publication Date: Jan. 22, 2013
Varaday SS, Yentis SM, Clarke S.A homemade model for training in cricothyrotomy. Anaesthesia. 2004;59(10):1012-5.Abstract
We describe a simple, homemade model for teaching cricothyrotomy. It can easily be constructed from materials found in every anaesthetic room and is cheap, portable and usable several times before requiring replacement. We also describe evaluation of the model in a two-part study. First, 20 anaesthetic trainees, both with and without prior experience of percutaneous cricothyrotomy/tracheotomy, cannulated the 'trachea' using two percutaneous airway sets (Ravussin jet ventilation catheter[VBM] and Mini-Trach II Seldinger[Portex]), then scored the model for realism and usefulness for training. Next, 20 further trainees used the Mini-Trach II Seldinger on both the homemade model and a commercially available cricothyrotomy/tracheotomy trainer (Pharmabotics), scoring both models as before. In the first part of the study, trainees found the homemade model a useful substitute for practice of percutaneous techniques and teaching. In the second part, both models were rated well, with similar scores. The homemade model is an easily assembled alternative to more expensive models. Both experienced and inexperienced trainees find practising on such models useful.
Background: Appropriate planning is crucial to avoid morbidity and mortality when difficulty is anticipated with airway management. Many guidelines developed by national societies have focused on management of difficulty encountered in the unconscious patient; however, little guidance appears in the literature on how best to approach the patient with an anticipated difficult airway.
Methods: To review this and other subjects, the Canadian Airway Focus Group (CAFG) was re-formed. With representation from anesthesiology, emergency medicine, and critical care, CAFG members were assigned topics for review. As literature reviews were completed, results were presented and discussed during teleconferences and two face-to-face meetings. When appropriate, evidence- or consensus-based recommendations were made, and levels of evidence were assigned.
Principal findings: Previously published predictors of difficult direct laryngoscopy are widely known. More recent studies report predictors of difficult face mask ventilation, video laryngoscopy, use of a supraglottic device, and cricothyrotomy. All are important facets of a complete airway evaluation and must be considered when difficulty is anticipated with airway management. Many studies now document the increasing patient morbidity that occurs with multiple attempts at tracheal intubation. Therefore, when difficulty is anticipated, tracheal intubation after induction of general anesthesia should be considered only when success with the chosen device(s) can be predicted in a maximum of three attempts. Concomitant predicted difficulty using oxygenation by face mask or supraglottic device ventilation as a fallback makes an awake approach advisable. Contextual issues, such as patient cooperation, availability of additional skilled help, and the clinician's experience, must also be considered in deciding the appropriate strategy.
Conclusions: With an appropriate airway evaluation and consideration of relevant contextual issues, a rational decision can be made on whether an awake approach to tracheal intubation will maximize patient safety or if airway management can safely proceed after induction of general anesthesia. With predicted difficulty, close attention should be paid to details of implementing the chosen approach. This should include having a plan in case of the failure of tracheal intubation or patient oxygenation.
Nemesis of enemis: training for massive airway contamination
Kovacs, G. The Psychologically Difficult Airway. YouTube, 2017.
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