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Difficult Airways for Anesthetists

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Who is the course suitable for?

This course, whilst currently delivered to anaesthetists in training, is relevant to all anaesthetists looking to ensure that they remain fully up to date in terms of their knowledge and technical and non-technical skills in airway management.

Directly informed by the Difficult Airway Society (DAS) guidelines, this one day course, involves interactive seminars, case based discussions and developing a practical understanding of the equipment available for managing the difficult airway. Once the knowledge and skills required to manage the difficult airway are covered we look at transforming this into an effective team based performance in response to common airway challenges through a number of scenarios and facilitated debriefs.

Learning outcomes

Recall the methods of assessing and predicting difficulty in the anaesthetic airway

Discuss strategies for managing the difficult airway

Demonstrate skills such as airway exchange and front of neck access as suggested by the DAS.

Demonstrate strategies for optimal team performance in a crisis.

Course Lead - Derek Randles -


'I have to compliment everyone on their pleasant persona and their expertise and knowledge. By the end of the 5 days, I did not feel as though I had been in a hospital ward and was very relaxed.'

Patient, Ward 16 Orthopaedics, University Hospital of North Durham