2015 Dates and Locations
San Diego, California
2016 Dates and Locations
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Tuition: $1,295 USD
AAEM Promo Fee: $1,195 USD
For AAEM Members
American Academy of Emergency Medicine
Gold Promo Fee: $1,095 USD
For Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses & Respiratory Therapists
Silver Promo Fee: $1,035 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Hospital Physician Partners (HPP) Medical Staff
Tuition includes the course textbook, Manual of Emergency Airway Management (© Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins), and The Airway Card.
The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency is intended for healthcare providers including Emergency Physicians, Critical Care Specialists, Intensivists, Hospitalists, Family Physicians, Physician Assistants, Paramedics, Flight Nurses and Respiratory Therapists.
Purpose & Objectives
Airway Management is one of the most critical skills in Emergency Medicine. This course is designed to provide participants with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience that ensure effective and appropriate management of airway emergencies.
"Second time taking this course - still the best CME course I ever attended. I'll be back."
"One of the most important courses I have ever attended. The lectures, demos and hands-on workshops were all amazing"
– Andrew Jones, MD
– David Lublin, DO
"I traveled 10,000 miles from the UK for this course and I was not disappointed."
"Superlative faculty and cutting-edge information. Thank you!'
– Cynthia Cristofani, MD
– Simon Wyer, MRCS (Glas)
"Beyond a doubt — the most practical and appropriate course that I have ever attended. Fabulous!"
MRCS (Eng) MFAEM
– Jeff Weinberg
"Best prepared course I have ever attended. I strongly believe it should be a requirement for all physicians involved in emergency care."
– O. F. Fonseca, MD
"Without a doubt, the best definitive education I have ever received for airway management."
– Gilbert Thayer, MD
"Excellent. I will now be able to anticipate intubations rather than fear that one may be needed during any shifts at the ER."
– Michel Garcia, MD
Taught by a world-class faculty, The Difficult Airway Course: EmergencyTM is the only national CME program that teaches the evidence-based, algorithmic approach to emergency airway management developed by airway experts Ron M. Walls, Michael F. Murphy and Robert C. Luten. The course emphasizes assessment and decision-making to enable participants to manage any emergency airway they encounter. This 'practice-changing' program offers multiple hands-on sessions that reinforce the learning and provide valuable practice time with proven airway devices.
Setting the Standard
Thousands of physicians world-wide come to our course for intensive training in difficult airway management. Highlights include:
- Instruction by a world-class faculty.
- Simple, effective airway algorithms that allow for an orderly, reproducible approach to any emergency airway.
- Small group, hands-on sessions exclusively focusing on difficult and failed airways, emphasizing rescue strategies and devices.
- Code AirwayTM stations: Challenging medical simulations to reinforce decision-making and skills.
- Focused sessions on Pediatric Airways, Trauma, Medical Emergencies, Difficult and Failed Airways.
- Detailed instruction in a variety of challenging patient scenarios:
- elevated ICP
- pulmonary edema
- cardiogenic shock
- status asthmaticus
- foreign body in the airway
- direct airway trauma
- multiple trauma with shock
- and many more.
- Dynamic and interactive learning environment.
Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques
- Percutaneous and surgical cricothyrotomy
- Video laryngoscopy
- Fiberoptic stylets and guides
- Optically enhanced laryngoscopy
- Extraglottic devices
- Awake intubation
- Flexible endoscopic intubation
- Pediatric airway skills
- Techniques for the obese patient
- and more!
"The best in the business when it comes to airway management!"
– Manny Gupta, DO
"As someone who has been doing emergency medicine for 31 years I did not think that there could be new tricks your course would teach me. Boy was I wrong!"
– Francis Salvatore, Jr., MD
"I finally got to attend the 'gold standard' difficult airway course and was not disappointed. Difficult airway cases are some of the most frightening, and this course will help me to handle both adult and peds cases with much more organization and confidence."
"You think you know everything about managing airways until you take this course. There are great little pearls that will change my practice for years to come."
– Gigi Alsdel-Samed, MD
Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
- Have a clear conceptual framework for Difficult Airway Management in the emergency setting.
- Be able to identify the Difficult, Unanticipated/Emergency Difficult and Failed airway.
- Have a rapid and systematic approach for the management of each of these clinical dilemmas.
- Be familiar with the devices and techniques needed to manage these clinical dilemmas, and when and how to use them.
"Great course! The didactics were really great and hands-on really increased confidence. Extremely knowledgeable faculty."
"Excellent course. The faculty is not intimidating, very helpful. I will certainly take this course again if opportunity arises. I will recommend it to my colleagues."
– Rodrigo De Luna, MD
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint sponsorship of Hospital Physician Partners and Airway Management Education Center. Hospital Physician Partners is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AMA CME Credit
Hospital Physician Partners designates this live activity for a maximum of 22.25 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
Approved by the American College of Emergency Physicians for a maximum of 22.25 hours of ACEP Category 1 credit.
This Live activity, The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency, from March 1, 2015–November 30, 2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 21.75 Elective Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
This Live activity, The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency, from 3/18/16–11/6/16, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 21.75 Elective Credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
AAPA accepts certificates of participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 CreditTM from organizations accredited by ACCME or a recognized state medical society. Physician assistants may receive a maximum of 22.25 hours of Category 1 credit for completing this program.
"Hands down the best course I've taken! This is not theoretical, but entirely practical and useful. Thank you."
– Kathleen O'Brien, MD
"Great course! I will change my practice tonight at my next shift."
– John Dery, DO