The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care™ is an advanced course designed for intensivists and for hospitalists who are responsible for emergency airway management of acute inpatients. Taught by a world-class faculty of airway experts, The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care™ focuses exclusively on the airway challenges posed by critically ill inpatients. The course emphasizes airway assessment and decision-making to build within course participants the capacity to manage all airway situation they encounter — and to do so with great confidence. Participants practice the most important skills and reinforce their learning with Code Airway™ simulations. We encourage all members of the critical care team to join us for this intensive educational experience.

Upcoming Dates and Locations

San Diego, California
March 29 ‐ 31, 2019
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Course Fees:

Regular Tuition:
$1,295 USD
Gold Rate Tuition:
$1,045 USD
For Physician Assistants, Advanced Practice Nurses, Nurses & Respiratory Therapists
Silver Rate Tuition:
$995 USD
For Residents, Fellows, and Schumacher Clinical Partners Medical Staff

Tuition includes

Course textbook, The Walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management (© 2018 Wolters Kluwer), and The Airway Card™.

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.

A $15 fee will be charged for returned checks.

Amazing course! Every doctor involved with airway management should take this course. I can clearly assess my strengths and my weaknesses, I feel well prepared to approach the most challenging airways. The hands-on experienced is key to this course! Thank you for a well-organized and enlightening course!

Norma S., DO Houston, TX

You guys knocked it out of the park! Not only was the course highly informative and empowering, but fun and enjoyable as well.

Christopher Battaglia, MD. Buffalo, NY

I loved the warmth and passion of the instructors. Great group and very accessible. Easily one of the best, most practical and fun CME courses I have had in a long time.

Jennifer Mark, MD. Roanoke, VA

Setting the Standard

Highlights of this intensive Course include:

  • How to predict a difficult airway
  • How to prevent a failed airway
  • When — and when NOT — to use medication
  • How to perform an awake intubation
  • Tube exchange and extubation of the difficult airway
  • Front of neck access / cricothyrotomy
  • Practical strategies in crisis management and human factors
  • Hands-on practice with proven airway devices, including video larygoscopy
  • Code Airway™ stations
  • Preparation for challenging acute inpatient scenarios, including:
    • Upper airway obstruction
    • Airway management in the massively obese patient
    • Tracheostomy issues, including accidental dislodgement
    • Agitated hemodynamically unstable patient who self-extubates
    • The bleeding, traumatized, and vomit-filled airway
    • The can’t intubate/can’t ventilate situation
  • Instruction by a world-class faculty of airway experts
  • Dynamic and interactive learning environment

Hands-on Training in Crucial Airway Techniques

  • Percutaneous and surgical cricothyrotomy
  • Direct laryngoscopy and Video laryngoscopy
  • Flexible bronchoscopy and laryngeal mask ventilation
  • Optically enhanced laryngoscopy
  • Extraglottic devices
  • Awake intubation
  • Flexible endoscopic intubation
  • Pediatric airway skills
  • Techniques for the obese patient
  • and more!

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

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Typical Course Schedule (final schedule distributed on-site)

Day 1

The Difficult Airway

6:30 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 AM

Introduction/Airway Anatomy
Live Fiberoptic Tour of the Airway

Morning Sessions

The Emergency Airway:
The Challenge of the Acutely Ill Inpatient
RSI Pharmacology/Optimizing the Patient for Intubation
Difficult Anatomy in the Emergency Airway: Predicting It and Managing It

Afternoon Sessions

Skills Stations and Case Workshops:
Tools and Techniques in Airway Management (Skills)
Managing the Anticipated Difficult Airway: Awake Intubation (Skills)
The Difficult Airway and Awake Intubation (Case Workshops)

Day 2

The Failed Airway and Crisis Leadership

6:30 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 AM

Managing the Failed Airway:
Failed Intubation: What Now?
Can’t Intubate/Can’t Ventilate: How to Proceed

Morning Sessions

Skills Stations and Case Workshops:
Surgical Airway (Skills)
Failed Intubation Options (FOB w/Video Laryngoscopy and EGDs) (Skills)
Can’t Intubate/Can’t Ventilate (Case Workshops)

11:45 – 1:00 PM

Lunch Ultrasound Presentation

Afternoon Sessions

Crisis and Leadership in Airway Management
Code Airway™ Simulations: Crisis Management

Day 3

Endotracheal Tube Exchange & Extubation of the Difficult Airway

6:30 AM

Registration Opens

7:30 AM

Extubation and Airway Exchange Catheters

Morning Sessions

Skills Stations and Case Studies:
Use of Airway Exchange Catheters and Additional FOB (Case Studies)
Airway Exchange Catheters and Additional FOB Practice (Skills)

10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

Calling for Help: The Threshold
Interactive Exam, Exam Review and Q&A

Excellent overall, incredible teaching staff. This course is a must for all CCM practitioners.
Fredy Toiber, MD
Portland, Oregon
Amazing course! Every doctor involved with airway management should take this course. I can clearly assess my strengths and my weaknesses, I feel well prepared to approach the most challenging airways. The hands-on experienced is key to this course! Thank you for a well-organized and enlightening course!
Norma S., DO
Houston, Texas
I have been in clinical practice as a pulmonary/critical care physician for 23 years, and this is the best (and most applicable) CME class that I have ever taken. The faculty was outstanding. They were extremely knowledgeable and helpful, and they never made me feel uncomfortable while learning new skills. I strongly recommend this course to any provider whose scope of practice includes airway management.
John B. Krueger, MD
Hollywood, Florida
The faculty were incredibly approachable, I enjoyed hearing their experiences and appreciate them sharing their unique approaches to difficult situations. Thank you for making this course available to APNs!
Claire Clouse, APRN
Carmel, Indiana
"You guys knocked it out of the park! Not only was the course highly informative and empowering, but fun and enjoyable as well."
Christopher Battaglia, MD
Buffalo, NY
"I loved the warmth and passion of the instructors. Great group and very accessible. Easily one of the best, most practical and fun CME courses I have had in a long time."
Jennifer Mark, MD
Roanoke, VA

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of the course, the participant will be able to:
1
Have a clear conceptual framework for Difficult Airway management in the critical care and inpatient setting.
2
Have a rapid and systematic approach for the management of the difficult and failed airway.
3
Be familiar with the devices and techniques needed to manage the difficult and failed airway; and when and how to use them.
4
Be able to perform a cricothyrotomy.
5
Be able to assess and manage a difficult airway extubation.

Target Audience

The Difficult Airway Course: Critical Care is intended for providers who care for acutely ill in-patients, including Critical Care Specialists,
Intensivists, Hospitalists, Respiratory Therapists and Critical Care Transport providers.
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