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Airway management: Other resources

This page contains other resources that are related to the topic of airway management.

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  • Airway courses
  • CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate)
  • Long term ventilation
  • Management of CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate)
  • Nemesis of enemis: training for massive airway contamination
  • YouTube Airway Management Resources

Airway courses


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.

Airway Skills

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.

CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate)

​ANZCA CICO Statement on scalpel and cannula equipment [web archive]


Baker PA, O'Sullivan EP, Kristensen MS, Lockey D. The great airway debate: is the scalpel mightier than the cannula? Br J Anaesth. 2016, 117 Suppl 1:i17-i19.

Bradley P. Continued provision of cannula cricothyroidotomy equipment. Anaesthesia. 2016, 71(7); 854-5.

Greenland KB, Bradley WPL, Chapman GA, Goulding G, Irwin MG. Emergency front-of-neck access: scalpel or cannula-and the parable of Buridan's ass†. Br J Anaesth,. 2017, 118(6); 811-814.

Greenland KB, Acott C, Segal R, Goulding G, Riley RH, Merry AF. Emergency surgical airway in life-threatening acute airway emergencies--why are we so reluctant to do it? Anaesth Intensive Care, 2011, 39(4):578-84.

Marshall SD, Mehra R. The effects of a displayed cognitive aid on non-technical skills in a simulated 'can't intubate, can't oxygenate' crisis. Anaesthesia. 2014, 69(7); 669-77.

Parameswaran A, Beckmann L, Nadarajah P. Scalpel-bougie cricothyroidotomy. Anaesthesia. 2014, 69(5); 517-8.

Riley RH, Strang T, Rao S. Survey of airway skills of surgeons in Western Australia. Anaesth Intensive Care. 2009, 37(4); 630-3.

Long term ventilation: balancing the pressures (2020)

Management of CICO (Can't Intubate, Can't Oxygenate)

Rural Health Continuing Education
The Critically Obstructed Airway Course - resources for providers sponsored by the Rural Health Continuing Education (Stream 1) Program.

EdWISE e-Learning Site
Airway e-Learning Module. Sponsored by Healthworkforce Australia Education by Web-based Innovative Simulation and e Learning (EdWISE). Note: Users need to create a [free] user account to access module.





The Vortex approach website has a number of Vortex-related resources.

The Vortex approach by Nick Chrimes
Chrimes N, Fritz P. The Vortex approach: Management of the unanticipated difficult airway. Free eBook, 2013. ISBN: 9781301795505.

Suggested reading

Varaday SS, Yentis SM, Clarke S. A homemade model for training in cricothyrotomyAnaesthesia. 2004;59(10):1012-5.

J. Adam Law, MD et al. for the Canadian Airway Focus Group. The difficult airway with recommendations for management – Part 2 – The anticipated difficult airway. Canadian Journal of Anesthesia 2013;60:1119–1138.

Nemesis of enemis: training for massive airway contamination

An international collaboration has spawned a simulation device to teach the SALAD method of airway decontamination. [web archive].


Baker P. The Paediatric Difficult Airway. YouTube, 2015.

Chrimes N, Fritz P. Airway resuscitation: The Vortex approach. YouTube, 2015.

Heard A. CICO techniques. YouTube Channel.





Kovacs, G. The Psychologically Difficult Airway. YouTube, 2017.

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