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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 CECBEMS. 

This continuing education is approved by First Airway, LLC, an organization accredited by the Continuing Education Coordinating Board for Emergency Medical Services (CECBEMS). CECBEMS Activity #14-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 #2015-23). ASTNA is an approved provider for the California Board of Registered Nursing CEP 13575.

State of Michigan Standardized EMS Continuing Education Credits Guide (see page 17) 


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.





Introducing New Training Centers

Beginning in 2014, an expanded group of specially selected training centers began to offer The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and Fundamentals of Airway Management throughout the US and abroad.  This means that these courses are offered more frequently and in many more communities. In addition, Paramedic and EMT Programs can offer these courses to their students to achieve their airway management training goals.


About Becoming an Authorized Training Center

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


Review the CoAEMSP Airway Management Recommendation

CoAEMSP presentation, "Recommendation on Airway Management"
(webinar aired September 11, 2013)

"Definition of Airway Competency"
by Murray A. Kalish, MD, MBA (September 2013)

Helping Meet Your Training Goals

Airway Management Recommendation

CoAEMSP Competency Recommendations Chart

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.

For more information about the CAAHEP Standards and Guideines, please visit:

See how The Difficult Airway Course: EMS matches up to the Airway and Breathing Minimum Psychomotor Skill Set from the National EMS Scope of Practice Model

See how The Difficult Airway Course: EMS matches up to the National EMS Core Content

See how The Difficult Airway Course: EMS matches up to the NREMT Paramedic Recertification Requirements

AttentionParamedic Programs

Prepare your students for their 50 "airway management attempts" and check some off in the process! 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
    Jan Eichel
    Kevin Franklin
    USA: Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri
    Jeff Birrer USA: Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Hawaii, Alaska
    Jamie Todd Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    Colby Rowe   USA: Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island
    James Habstritt   Canada: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, Saskatchewan


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