Completion of Week 2
Well done: you have now completed the second week of Airway Matters.
We started this week by considering how we assess the airway, including the role of ultrasound and explored how to use this assessment to develop an airway strategy. We hope you enjoyed reviewing the use of two very common pieces of equipment: the videolaryngoscope and the supraglottic airway device.
Professor Chris Frerk took us through the Difficult Airway Society guidelines for Unanticipated Difficult Intubation and Dr Nicholas Chrimes outlined the principles of The Vortex approach.
We explored how to prepare for and manage a “Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate” situation and how to perform emergency front of neck airway; We hope you found the discussion useful.
We would like to find out how you are getting on with the course so far. Please feel free to share in the discussion what have been the main learning points for you, so far in “Airway Matters”.
In Week 3 we continue to explore situations in which airway management can be challenging. We will consider rapid sequence induction, safe extubation and the obstructed airway. We will finish the week with a look at some special techniques in airway management including high flow nasal oxygen, awake fibreoptic intubation and jet ventilation. Do stay with us for that.