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Difficult Airway Management: Better Decisions Under Adverse Conditions

Rapid and effective airway management is critical for good patient outcomes, but patient presentation, field conditions and other limitations can sometimes present tremendous challenges. With practical methods to rapidly identify, assess and overcome difficult airway conditions with new tricks, tools and techniques, along with innovative ways to use the tools that we already have, never again should you have that “if only…” feeling after a difficult airway situation. This program utilizes the latest research, practice and expert opinion in prehospital airway management to provide responders of all levels with what they need to collaborate in overcoming difficult airway emergencies.

Teaching Formats:

-Lecture

-Demonstration

-Interactive Role Play

-Question and Answer

Learning Objectives: Students will learn:

– Best practices in assessment and anticipation of difficult airway situations.

-The “BE MAGIC” process for endotracheal intubation

-The use of new equipment and techniques in difficult airway management.

– Basic and intermediate airway management tools and techniques as both stand-alone preparatory procedures for ALS airways.

-The roles and responsibilities of the BLS provider in the use of ALS airway tools and techniques.

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