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The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™



The Definitive EMS Airway Course

  • Learn the full range of airway management techniques — including use of video laryngoscopes & other advanced imaging devices, extraglottic devices, drug-assisted intubation and cricothyrotomy.
  • Work with an expert faculty who knows the unique challenges facing EMS providers.
  • Use all of the airway devices in small group sessions.
  • Practice decision-making and airway techniques in Code AirwayTM stations.
  • Face the most challenging patient scenarios in a no-risk environment. These include: elevated ICP, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, status asthmaticus foreign body in the airway, direct airway trauma, multiple trauma with shock, and many more.

Didactic and Hands-on Training 

  • Prediction of the Difficult Airway
  • Video Laryngoscopy and other advanced imaging devices
  • Medication-assisted Intubation (including RSI and RSA)
  • Pediatric intubation
  • Endotracheal tube introducers (bougie)
  • Cricothyrotomy
  • Extraglottic devices 

CE Credits

This continuing education activity is approved by the CAPCE. 

This continuing education is approved by First Airway, LLC, an organization accredited by the Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE). CAPCE Activity #17-FirstAir-F2-0001. CEH Number and Type: 16.0 Advanced.

16.0 Contact Hours have been provided by the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (Certificate #2017-49). ASTNA is an approved provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing CEP 13575.


Course fees vary. Please contact the Authorized Training Center or Regional Course Director (RCD) in your area for more information. To find the RCD in your area, please click here.





Becoming a Training Center

Authorized Training Centers (ATC) offer The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™, Essentials of Advanced Airway Management™, and Fundamentals of Airway Management™ to all providers and students within their region. Private Training Centers offer the courses only to their own employees and initial training students. Both opportunities are available!

For further information about becoming an Authorized Training Center please contact Terry T. Steele at or 860-679-9285.


Helping Meet Your Training Goals

Airway Management Recommendation

Skills to Master for
Airway Competency1
Taught in The Difficult Airway Course: EMS
Assess, establish, maintain and monitor the airway X
Basic maneuvers and airway adjuncts


Advanced airway management


Psychomotor airway skills


Airway Management in various environments


Correct placement of airway devices


Critical thinking, clinical judgment and decision-making


1 Adapted from the CoAEMSP Airway Management Recommendation

Standards & Guidelines

The Difficult Airway Course: EMS offers these important features to help meet various standards and guidelines:

  • Evidence-based assessment and management of the airway
  • High and low fidelity simulated patient encounters
  • "Unique EMS Cases" in diverse environments
    (on floor, low light, etc.)
  • Endotracheal intubation under different protocols
  • Adult and pediatric airway management
  • Airway 'Core Content' and 'Scope of Practice' psychomotor skill sets.

AttentionParamedic Programs

Prepare your students for successful airway management. Call 860-679-9285 to find out how to incorporate The Difficult Airway Course: EMS into YOUR training program.


Regional Course Directors

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Name Email Area
Fred Ellinger USA: Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania
Michael Keller USA: Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Ken Davis USA: Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
Kevin Franklin USA: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska
Cory Cox USA: Washington, Oregon, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Alaska
Jamie Todd Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Czech Republic, Hungary, Former Yugoslavia (Bosnia, Slovenia, Macedonia, Serbia), Albania, Greece, Turkey, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Romania, Bulgaria and Moldova, Algeria, South Africa, Saudi Arabia
Rudy Princi    USA: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
James Habstritt   Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan


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