The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia was created by airway experts in Anesthesiology and is continuously updated to incorporate the latest advancements in the field. Taught by a faculty with an unparalleled passion for teaching, this advanced program features hands-on sessions and coaching throughout to enhance skills in these areas:
  • Defensible decision-making in difficult airway management, including skills in awake tracheal intubation.
  • The 'can't intubate / can't oxygenate' emergency is a rare yet potentially fatal event. A surgical airway can save this situation - join us to learn this live-saving skill.
  • Extubation skills, including when and how to use airway exchange catheters.
  • Crisis team leadership and communication skills - empowering your team and yourself.
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. Read more

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Upcoming Dates and Locations

Boston, MA
May 3 ‐ 5, 2024
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San Diego, CA
September 6 ‐ 8, 2024
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Course Fees:

Regular Tuition:
$1,750 USD
Gold Rate Tuition:
$1,650 USD
For Nurse Anesthetists and Anesthesiologist Assistants
Silver Rate Tuition:
$1,350 USD
For Residents, Fellows and SCP Health Medical Staff
Lung Separation Workshop:
$400 USD
Optional pre-course workshop

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation Policy

A Cancellation Fee of 10% of the tuition paid will apply to all course cancellations requested up to 14 days prior to start of Course.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations requested within 14 days of the course start date.

No refunds will be granted to those who do not attend the Course without having made prior arrangements for cancellation or transfer.

If a registrant tests positive for COVID or another communicable disease, they may cancel their registration up to the start of the course. A 10% cancellation fee will be assessed. Proof of positive test will be required to initiate refund.

Alternatively, registrants may transfer to another course with no transfer or cancellation fee.

A credit for a future course will be offered to any attendee who leaves during the Course because of COVID-19 symptoms or positive test.

If Airway Management Education Center (AMEC) is required to cancel a course due to safety concerns, all attendees will receive a 100% refund or may transfer to another course.

So happy the course happened live! Even with COVID precautions the hands-on sessions were great and faculty was so helpful!

Attendee, San Diego, 2021

This course is a vital part of my anesthetic practice. After over 20 years of experience, I appreciate the content and hands-on skills stations to refine my practice. I always come out of this course a better clinician and will continue to attend as long as I am practice. Best conference I have ever attended hands down!

Lisa Harrison, CRNA, Washington

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

Highlights include: 

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 Airway™ stations.
  • Focus on difficult airway management, difficult extubation, failed airway management and crisis team leadership.
  • Dynamic and interactive learning environment.
  • Up-to-date evidence

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

Endorsed By
Tuition Includes

 

The Airway Card™ Anesthesia.

 

Lung Separation Workshop
Optional Pre-Course Workshop
  • Left and Right double lumen tube placement with confirmation of placement and troubleshooting
  • Use of bronchial blockers
  • Options for lung separation in the face of difficult airways

Enrollment is limited, so please apply early.
Add the Lung Separation Workshop during registration for The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia!

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 SCP Health and Airway Management Education Center (AMEC). SCP Health is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
AANA Prior Approval

The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 18.50 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1044314; Expiration Date 9/8/2024.

 

Lung Separation Workshop

This program has been prior approved by the American Association of Nurse Anesthesiology for 3.75 Class A CE credits; Code Number 1044309; Expiration Date 9/8/2024

ANZCA & FPM CPD

Participants in the ANZCA and FPM CPD program may claim this workshop as a CICO emergency response activity in their CPD portfolio.

Recognition code: ER-24-CICO-011

Emergency Response Activity: CICO

Recognition Expiration Date: 30 June 2027

Additional 2024 Accreditation In Progress

Schedule Download PDF

2024 Typical Course Schedule (final schedule distributed on-site)

Day 1

Lung Separation Workshop (optional/pre-registration required)

6:15-7:30 am

Optional Workshop Registration/Continental Breakfast (for workshop participants only)

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

11:15-11:45 am

Lunch (Provided for Lung Separation Workshop participants only)

The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia

11:00 – 11:45 am

Registration

11:45 - 12:25 pm

Course Introduction: Welcome

Cornerstone: Managing the Difficult Airway

12:25 - 1:10 pm

Difficult Airway Identification and Planning

1:10 - 1:30 pm

Airway Anatomy: Nasal Endoscopy Self-Scope and Airway Ultrasound

1:30 - 1:45 pm

Break/Exhibits

1:45 - 2:15 pm

Awake Tracheal Intubation

2:15 - 2:45 pm

Difficult Airway in Pediatric Patients

2:45 - 3:05 pm

Break/Exhibits

3:05 - 6:05 pm

Breakout Sessions:

Case Discussion: Anticipated Difficult Airway - Obstructing Pathology

Case Discussion: Anticipated Difficult Airway - Non-Obstructing Pathology

Skills Workshop: Awake Tracheal Intubation

Day 2

6:30 - 7:30 am

Registration/Breakfast

Cornerstone: Managing the Failed Airway

7:30-8:00 am

Difficult Airway in the Induced Patient

8:00 - 8:30 am

Cannot Intubate / Cannot Ventilate

8:30 - 8:45 am

Break/Exhibits

8:45 am – 10:15 pm

Breakout Sessiosn:
Case Discussion: Difficult Airway in the Induced Patient
Skills Workshop: Surgical Airway
Skills Workshop: Management of the Failed Airway

10:15 - 10:30 am

Break

10:30am - 12:00pm

Breakout Sessions:
Case Discussion: Difficult Airway in the Induced Patient
Skills Workshop: Surgical Airway
Skills Workshop: Management of the Failed Airway

12:00 – 12:45 pm

Panel Lunch (provided)

12:45 - 1:45 pm

Human Factors in an Airway Crisis

1:45 - 3:30 pm

Code Airway™ Simulations

3:30 - 3:45 pm

Break/Exhibits

3:45 - 5:00 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

Rotate Sessions:
Case Discussions: Intra-Op Airway Issues, Tracheostomy Issues and Extubation Issues
Skills Workshop: Airway Exchange Catheters & Additional Flexible Endoscopy Practice

10:30-11:30 am

Interactive Exam, Review and Final Wrap-up

This course is a vital part of my anesthetic practice. After over 20 years experience, I always appreciate the content and hands-on skill stations to refine my practice every 5 years or so. I always come out of this course a better clinician and will continue to attend as long as I am practicing. The best conference I have ever attended hands down!
Lisa Harrison, CRNA
Vancouver, WA
"Hands-down the best conference I have ever attended. Excellent lectures, small group discussions, and interactive stations. Thanks for all your hard work. It clearly shows in this course."
Attendee, San Diego 2021
"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, describe and perform an effective response.
5
Perform an emergency surgical airway.
6
Demonstrate safe extubation and tube exchange techniques, including use of airway exchange catheters.
7
Be aware of effective communication techniques, team leadership and other human factors to optimize airway management.
8
Identify airway management techniques for treating highly infectious viral patients.

Target Audience

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

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