Last week, the Department of Anesthesiology provided a difficult airway course to those involved in ShandsCair. There was a great turnout – 20 students – a combination of medics, nurses, and respiratory therapists. Based on this success, we will make this a biannual event, with the next one being offered sometime this Fall. The class size will be limited to 30 people for ease of instruction.
The event began with a lecture by Dr. Felipe Urdaneta outlining the basics of airway management followed by advanced airway management techniques and then offering “rescue” techniques for difficult airways. The students then spent 3 hours on seven different simulation stations where they practiced various techniques and had to navigate different airway challenges to successfully oxygenate and ventilate the patient.
Drs. Felipe Urdaneta, Chris Giordano, Danielle Cobb, Dave Simpson, Cameron Smith, and Greg Sams, and CRNA’s John Muller, David Smyth, and Lance Tabb all came out to help! Thank you to everyone for your participation and making the event a success.