The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia was created by practicing international experts in Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Human Factors and based upon landmark publications that have materially advanced our understanding of difficult and failed airway management. This advanced program is designed to enhance existing skills in four crucial areas: difficult airway & awake intubation, failed airway & open cricothyrotomy, safe extubation & airway exchange catheters, and crisis team leadership & communication. Our hands-on, intensely interactive approach to learning emphasizes the evidence, reinforces skills and provides the assurance of being at the leading edge of airway management.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

Boston, MA
April 26 ‐ 28, 2019
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Orlando, FL
May 17 ‐ 19, 2019
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Seattle, WA
September 13 ‐ 15, 2019
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Chicago, IL
October 4 ‐ 6, 2019
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Course Fees:

Regular Tuition:
$1,345 USD
Gold Rate Tuition:
$1,095 USD
For Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistants
Silver Rate Tuition:
$995 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Schumacher Clinical Partners Medical Staff
Lung Separation Workshop:
$350 USD
Optional pre-course workshop

Tuition includes

The Airway Card Anesthesia

Cancellation 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.

This is singularly the best CME course I have been to in my 25 years in practice! I believe this should become the ACLS for Airway and a requirement for all anesthesia residents to graduate their training program. Thank you!!

Jill A. Antoine, MD, Massachusetts

This was my third time in 10 years attending the course. I learn something new each time!

Thomas M. Toal, MD, Ithaca, NY

This is hands down the best CME event I’ve done in my 35 years as an anesthesiologist. Keep up the splendid work!

Michael Sopchak, MD, Pennsylvania

Setting the Standard

Thousands of physicians world-wide come to our course for intensive training in the most critical elements of difficult airway management. Highlights include:

  • Instruction by a world-class faculty of airway experts with an unparalleled passion for teaching.
  • Content, techniques and “pearls” that benefit even the most experienced providers.
  • Hands-on sessions featuring challenging Code AirwayTM stations.
  • Focus on difficult airway management, difficult extubation, failed airway management and crisis team leadership.
  • Dynamic and interactive learning environment.

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques

  • Awake Intubation — When & How
  • Topical Anesthesia
  • Open Cricothyrotomy
  • Extubation and Tube Exchange
  • Crisis Team Leadership
  • Video Laryngoscopy
  • Flexible Endoscopic Intubation
  • Lighted and Fiberoptic Intubating Stylets and Guides
  • Techniques for the Obese Patient
  • Simulation Case Reinforcing Cognitive Information
  • Up-to-Date Evidence

2019 Accreditation

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 17.75 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

 

An additional 3.5 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM will be awarded for the Lung Separation Workshop.

AANA CE Credit

The Difficult Airway Course: AnesthesiaTM has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 17.75 Class A CE Credits; Code Number 1036933; Expiration Date 10/6/2019.

 

The Lung Separation Workshop has been approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists for 3.5 Class A CE Credits; Code Number 1036943, Expiration Date 10/6/2019.

NCCAA CME Credit

National Commission for Certification of Anesthesiologist Assistants (NCCAA) will accept CME credit for programs approved for continuing education credit by the American Medical Association (AMA), American Association of Physicians Assistants (AAPA), and Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME).

ANZCA CPD Accreditation

Participants in the ANZCA CPD program may claim this CICO course as an emergency response activity in their CPD portfolio. Recognition Code: ER-17-CICO-019; Expiration Date June 30, 2020.

Schedule Download PDF

Typical Course Schedule (final schedule distributed on-site)

Day 1

Lung Separation Workshop (optional/pre-registration required)

6:30-7:30 am

Optional Workshop Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:00 am

Introduction to Lung Separation

8:00-11:15 am

Left-sided DLT placement, confirmation and troubleshooting.
Right-sided DLT placement, confirmation and troubleshooting.
Placement of Bronchial Blockers

The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Registration

11:45 am-3:00 pm

Course Introduction
Cornerstone: Managing the Difficult Airway & Awake Intubation
Difficult Airway Decisions
Airway Anatomy
Live Self-Scope Demonstration
Break
Difficult Airway and Awake Intubation

3:00 -6:00 pm

Emergency Awake Intubation
Non-Emergency Awake Intubation
Management of the Difficult Airway/Awake Intubation

Day 2

Cornerstone: Managing the Failed Airway

6:30-7:30 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:30 am

Definition & Failed Algorithms/Failed Intubation & Failed Oxygenation
Break

8:45 am – 12:00 pm

Failed Intubation/Failed Oxygenation Cases
FOB and VL Management of the Failed Airway
Surgical Management of the Failed Airway

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Box Lunch with the Experts

Cornerstone: Managing an Airway Crisis

1:15-2:15 pm

Crisis and Leadership Management Team

2:15 – 2:30 pm

Break

2:30 – 3:55pm

Code Airway™ Simulations

3:55-4:10 pm

Break

4:10-5:30 pm

Code Airway™ Simulations

Day 3

Cornerstone: Endotracheal Tube Exchange & Extubation of the Difficult Airway

6:30-7:30 am

Registration/Continental Breakfast

7:30-8:30 am

Extubation and Airway Exchange Catheters

8:30-10:30 am

Cases Using Airway Exchange Catheters
Airway Exchange Catheters & Additional FOB

10:30-11:30 am

Interactive Exam Review and Final Wrap-up

"This is hands down the best CME event I've done in my 35 years as an anesthesiologist. Keep up the splendid work!"
Michael Sopchak, MD
Pennsylvania
"This course was excellent. A must for all anesthesiologists. The faculty was exceptional."
Richard T. Warner, MD
Connecticut
This was my third time in 10 years attending the course. I learn something new each time!
Thomas M. Toal, MD
Ithaca, NY
"Outstanding! Time and money very well spent. Knowledgeable and entertaining faculty."
Susan Cambria, CRNA
Connecticut
"Excellent course. I highly recommend it to all anesthesiologists. Anesthesia residents should take this course before graduating. Excellent faculty."
Albert Chuang, MD
California
"This is singularly the best CME course I have been to in my 25 years in practice! I believe this should become the ACLS for Airway and a requirement for all anesthesia residents to graduate their training program. Thank you!!"
Jill A. Antoine, MD
Massachusetts
"This course provides an excellent systematic approach to evaluating different airways. It is a great help to my practice."
Jerome Aul, MD
Virginia
"I hoped this was going to be the really top airway course out there — it was! Thanks."
Vincent Martinez, CRNA, MS
California

Purpose & Objectives

This course is designed to provide participants with state-of-the-art information and hands-on experience with the most critical elements of airway management to ensure effective and appropriate management of the airway. Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
1
Perform an airway assessment to predict difficulty
2
Describe the key elements of the difficult airway.
3
Describe the steps of awake intubation.
4
Identify a failed airway.
5
Demonstrate proper surgical airway management techniques.
6
Describe when and how to use an airway exchange catheter.
7
Demonstrate safe extubation and tube exchange techniques.
8
Use communication and team leadership techniques to optimize airway management.
9
Demonstrate assessment and decision-making in a variety of airway management scenarios.

Target Audience

The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia is intended for anesthesia-trained healthcare providers including
Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistants.