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The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™

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The Definitive EMS Airway Course

  • Learn the full range of airway management techniques - including use of 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
  • 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.

15.0 Contact Hours have been provided by the Air & Surface Transport Nurses Association (Certificate #2013-27). 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) 

Fees

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.

 

 

 

 

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Beginning in 2014, an expanded group of specially selected training centers will begin to offer The Difficult Airway Course: EMS and Fundamentals of Airway Management throughout the US and abroad.  This means that these courses will be 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.

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For Authorized Training Centers

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About Becoming an Authorized Training Center

For further information about becoming an Authorized Training Center please contact Terry T. Steele at tsteele@theairwaysite.com.


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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: http://coaemsp.org/Documents/Standards_Interpretations_2_2013.pdf

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 fred.ellinger@difficultairway.net Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania
    Michael Keller mkeller@theairwaysite.com Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
    Ken Davis ken.davis@emsrx.com Arkansas, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas
    Jan Eichel
    Kevin Franklin
    jeichel@theairwaysite.com
    kmfranklin@theairwaysite.com
    Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri
    Jeff Birrer jeff.birrer@gmail.com Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Hawaii
    Jamie Todd jamie@theairwaysite.com Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom
    Colby Rowe colby.rowe@stonybrookmedicine.edu   Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, New York, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island

     

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