A difficult airway is a major safety issue in the pre-hospital and hospital setting. In order to assist in the prevention of untoward airway events, MERI will provide a course in difficult airway management with an emphasis on intubation and assistive devices for intubation. These procedures include how to intubate, the problematic intubation, and management emergency airway events.
At the end of the course the participants will:
1.Perform various airway management procedures that will translate to establishing a patent airway through which effective optimal ventilation with the fewest complications can take place.
2.Discuss the potentially catastrophic consequences of dealing with a difficult airway in a pre-hospital or hospital setting.
3.Discuss the potential for causing trauma, as well as the consequences of delaying definitive management of hypoxia.
4.Explain reasons why a particular technique was not successful, and then try a different approach, circumventing the problem.
5.Emphasize the importance of calling for help before the problem becomes life threatening.