Airway FUNdamentals

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Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday, May 3, 2014

San Francisco Paramedic Association

Airway FUNdamentals

This course concentrates on all areas of airway management, from assessment to intubation and everything in between.  In this course you will learn things such as


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1. Airway anatomy- Through real pictures and video, the sequence of anatomy will be discussed and visualized.  What do you look for to orient yourself when intubating?  What can you do when you can't identify anatomy or orient yourself?

2.  Airway assessment- Discuss, review and practice assessment skills that will help you determine quickly your patients potential for a difficult airway and/or difficult mask ventilation.

3.  Cricoid pressure-  What is the difference between cricoid pressure and external laryngeal manipulation or bimanual manipulation?  What is the purpose of both techniques?  What effect does it have on ventilation or intubation?

4.  Airway skills- Centered around establishing routine and confidence, skills are discussed and practiced as an entity and not as a single event.  What can be done to make laryngoscopy more successful?  What can be done to make mask ventilation more successful?

5.  Rescue airways- Which ones do you use and how to use them correctly?  How do various adjuncts work and how do I deal with them when I come across them in the field?  Is there anything that I am not currently using that would aid in my practice?  Can you provide a definitive airway through non definitive methods and tools?

All of this and more!!!  Take Airway FUNdamentals and you will have a better understanding of all these (and more!!) aspects of airway management.  More confidence, greater skills, better knowledge.  Everybody wins.

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An airway class on the basics of airway management?

There are many books and courses available on how to deal with the difficult airway and there are a multitude of resources concerning anatomy, physiology and basic airway management.  When I started thinking about what I wanted to do, I found that there was essentially nothing in between those 2 extremes. I really wanted to develop something that would bridge the gap.  What can you do at that in between place when airway management starts and continues along the path of definitive management or not.  There are so many tips that I take for granted because I had incorporated them into my practice years ago, not realizing that they were not common knowledge for those outside of anesthesia.  I also learned so much from my time as a flight nurse.  I saw first hand how there was often little control over the patient's physical position (on the ground, down a ditch, in the middle of the road face down), how you worked with what you had, including the number of people to assist, that critical thinking was vital and that life-altering decisions had to be made in the blink of an eye.  I was constantly amazed at the care that could be provided by 2 people in an ambulance or aircraft that required many more doctors and nurses, respiratory therapists, and technicians once in the hospital.  Classroom learning cannot replace experience but it can affect each experience through increased proficiency and the realization that even the most difficult decisions and skills can be altered by new information and confidence about what some consider to be extraneous information. Feeling comfortable with airway assessment, knowing what makes a difficult mask ventilation, a difficult intubation, knowing where equipment is, how to use it, alternatives and rescue airways can make a tense situation more comfortable.  I feel that the information, along with pictures and video of real patients, real anatomy and real situations, will provide the student with not only more knowledge, but more confidence as well.  The information presented in my class deals with what you will see 90% of the time AND make dealing with that other 10% less stressful.  The goal is to leave each student feeling more in command of the situation, regardless of the circumstances.

Are you interested in having a course at your site, tailored to your needs? We would love to bring Airway FUNdamentals to you! Do you have specific topics that you would like to learn more about? Would you like to brush up on capnography or move on to advanced waveforms?  What about learning the ins and outs of RSI drugs and techniques?  Are there specific airway adjuncts that you would like to learn about and get hands on practice with?  Please contact Roni, Founder of Airway Queen, Inc and lead instructor at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it so that we may work together and bring you innovative education that meets your specific needs.



Roni really wants people to understand and be able to apply what is being taught. L, flight nurse
"When courses are taught by advanced level practitioners that have been where we are, we all benefit."   Tim Farnan, EMT-P, Founder, Responders Without Borders

Words to Ponder

It must be remembered that the purpose of education... is not to fill the minds of students with facts... it is to teach them to think, if that is possible, and always to think for themselves.

Robert Hutchins
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