Duration 5 weeks
Weekly study 4 hours
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Develop safe airway management strategies for your patients
The safe management of a patient’s airway is one of the most challenging and complex tasks undertaken by a health professional - complications can result in devastating outcomes.
How can we improve safety, prevent complications, and be prepared to manage difficulties when they arise?
How, in a crisis, can we ensure that human and technical resources are best utilised?
Our course will provide answers to these key questions and help you develop strategies to improve patient safety in your area of practice, discussing safe airway management in patient groups and multidisciplinary clinical settings.
What topics will you cover?
This course has been carefully designed to provide an up-to-date and practical educational experience, with learners accessing comprehensive course materials developed in collaboration with leading experts, frontline clinicians, and patients.
Week 1: Safe Airway Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Airway Anatomy
- Airway Safety: The Big Picture
- NAP4, Key Findings and Recommendations
- Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Anatomy: a Journey Through the Airways
Week 2: Airway Assessment and Planning, Cognitive Tools, Dealing with Emergencies
- Assess the Airway and Develop a Strategy
- Airway Equipment
- Cognitive Tools
- Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate
Week 3: Safety and Special Techniques
- Rapid Sequence Induction
- The Obstructed Airway
- Special Techniques: Awake Tracheal Intubation, High-Flow Nasal Oxygenation, Jet Ventilation, LASER
Week 4: The Shared Airways
- The Patient Journey
- Tracheostomies and Laryngectomies
- The Critically Ill Patient
- Prehospital Airway Management
Week 5: Airway Management in Special Circumstances
- A Global Perspective
When would you like to start?
Most FutureLearn courses run multiple times. Every run of a course has a set start date but you can join it and work through it after it starts. Find out more
Who is the course for?
This course, endorsed by the Difficult Airway Society, is for all members of the multidisciplinary team who provide airway support to patients, or care for patients with a compromised airway. This includes anaesthetists, anaesthesia associates, operating department practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, adult and paediatric intensivists, prehospital and emergency medicine physicians, paramedics, head and neck surgeons and members of the cardiac arrest team.
The course is in English and the learning outcomes are relevant to UK based and international colleagues.
Health professionals might find the Certificate of Achievement for this course useful for providing evidence of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) or commitment to their career.
Who will you learn with?
UCL was founded in 1826. It was the first English university established after Oxford and Cambridge, and the first to open up university education to those previously excluded from it.
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