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The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care™



2018 Dates and Locations
Denver, Colorado
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Course Fees:

Tuition: $1,245 USD

Gold Rate Tuition: $1,045 USD
For Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses & Respiratory Therapists

Silver Rate Tuition: $995 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Schumacher Clinical Partners Medical Staff

Cancellation Policy

Audience & Objectives

This course is designed to provide participants with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience that ensure effective and appropriate acute/emergency airway management in the inpatient setting.

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:

  1. Have a clear conceptual framework for Difficult Airway management in the critical care and inpatient setting.
  2. Have a rapid and systematic approach for the management of the difficult and failed airway.
  3. Be familiar with the devices and techniques needed to manage the difficult and failed airway; and when and how to use them.
  4. Be able to perform a cricothyrotomy.
  5. Be able to assess and manage a difficult airway extubation.

"I loved the warmth and passion of the instructors. Great group and very accessible. Easily one of the best, most practical and fun CEM courses I have had in a long time."

- Jennifer Mark, MD
Roanoke, VA

You guys knocked it out of the park! Not only was the course highly informative and empowering, but fun and enjoyable as well."
- Christopher Battaglia, MD
Buffalo, NY

"Airway management is a cornerstone of ICU care, and everyone who manages ICU patients should understand its basic tenets. Knowing how to recognize a deteriorating airway or an impending high-risk intubation will empower you to marshal the appropriate resources before your patient crashes. And having difficult airway training will at some point save your patient's life."

– Eric M. Siegal, MD, SFHM, FCCM
Milwaukee, WI


The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care is an advanced course designed for intensivists and for hospitalists who are responsible for emergency airway management of acute inpatients. Taught by a world-class faculty of airway experts, The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care focuses exclusively on the airway challenges posed by critically ill inpatients. The course emphasizes airway assessment and decision-making to build within course participants the capacity to manage all airway situation they encounter — and to do so with great confidence. Participants practice the most important skills and reinforce their learning with Code Airway simulations.  We encourage all members of the critical care team to join us for this intensive educational experience.

Setting the Standard

Highlights of this intensive Course include:

  • How to predict a difficult airway
  • How to prevent a failed airway
  • When — and when NOT — to use medication
  • How to perform an awake intubation
  • Tube exchange and extubation of the difficult airway
  • Front of neck access / cricothyrotomy 
  • Practical strategies in crisis management and human factors
  • Hands-on practice with proven airway devices, including video larygoscopy
  • Code Airway™ stations
  • Preparation for challenging acute inpatient scenarios, including:
    • Upper airway obstruction
    • Airway management in the massively obese patient
    • Tracheostomy issues, including accidental dislodgement
    • Agitated hemodynamically unstable patient who self-extubates
    • The bleeding, traumatized, and vomit-filled airway
    • The can't intubate/can't ventilate situation
  • Instruction by a world-class faculty of airway expertsLearn about our faculty here.
  • Dynamic and interactive learning environment

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques

  • Percutaneous and surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Direct laryngoscopy and Video laryngoscopy
  • Flexible bronchoscopy and laryngeal mask ventilation
  • Optically enhanced laryngoscopy
  • Extraglottic devices
  • Awake intubation
  • Flexible endoscopic intubation
  • Pediatric airway skills
  • Techniques for the obese patient
  • and more!


I have been in clinical practice as a pulmonary/critical care physician for 23 years, and this was the best (and most applicable) CME class that I have ever taken. The faculty was outstanding. I strongly recommend this course to any provider whose scope of practice includes airway management." 

– John B. Krueger, MD
Hollywood, FL


The critical care landscape is evolving rapidly, resulting in an even greater need for airway mastery among the critical care team. We created this course to help accelerate the process of developing that mastery.

We know from the Emergency Medicine experience what it takes to change the airway management culture within a specialty and overcome external obstacles. This course will help critical care providers avoid the long, painful battle and own the airway on their own terms.

– Michael F. Murphy, MD
National Course Director



This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of Schumacher Clinical Partners (SCP) and Airway Management Education Center. Schumacher Clinical Partners is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

AMA CME Credit

Schumacher Clinical Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 20.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Cancellation/Reschedule Policy

Cancellations are subject to a $100 fee. Requests to cancel must be made more than 48 hours before the start of the course to be eligible for a partial refund.

Requests to reschedule to a different course must be made more than 48 hours before the start of the course. The reschedule fee of $50 will be waived for the first reschedule request. Fees will apply for subsequent reschedule requests.

No refunds will be granted to those who do not attend and do not cancel or request to reschedule according to the policies above.

A $15 fee will be charged for returned checks.

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