The Advanced Airway Skills course is designed to give providers the skills needed to maximize their success in managing difficult airways. The course will review patient positioning and techniques for improved airway visualization, as well as skills and tools that can make a difference in the challenging airway patient. Learners will be exposed to laryngoscopic intubation, laryngeal mask airways, bougies, glidescopes and Seldinger and McIntyre cricothyrotomies. During the hands-on process phase, learners will receive direct instruction and practice using this equipment. The learners will then enter the application phase by being placed into a hi-fidelity simulation where they will use these techniques. With an underpinning in TeamSTEPPs concepts, the debriefing after the scenarios reviews the thought processes leading to certain airway decisions, as well as address troubleshooting difficult airway situations.
This course does not certify personnel or grant privileges to use any of these techniques, nor is this course a substitute for local supervised competency assessment.