Airway Management Curriculum

The Airway Rotation uses the American Society of Anesthesiologists Difficult Airway Algorithm as the conceptual framework for teaching the management of the difficult airway.

 The concepts and logic in the algorithm are discussed didactically, and the techniques required to carry out the concepts and logic are practiced in patients in the operating room as patient material allows.

Operating room assignments are deliberately made to enhance the opportunity of practicing airway techniques in the operating room (with special emphasis on the cannot ventilate cannot intubate rescue options). Airway maneuvers in the operating room are always performed in a controlled manner, with faculty present, so that adequate oxygenation and ventilation are ensured.

Read more about the rotation here:



Available Online Resources:

Must be on campus or signed into the network using a VPN or proxy server.
   Practice Guidelines for Management of the Difficult airway  An Updated Report by the American Society of Anesthesiologists Task Force on Management of the Difficult Airway.  Feb 2013
   Miller's Anesthesia  Airway Chapter from Miller's Anesthesia.  Primary reading assignment for the rotation.  
   Benumof and Hagberg's Airway Management, 3e   Guidance on pre- and post-intubation techniques and protocols, from equipment selection through management of complications

Core topics in airway management  Basic discussion of core skills and knowledge required to manage airways in a wide variety of patients and clinical settings.
   The Difficult Airway              An Atlas of Tools and Techniques for Clinical Management



Airway Management Curriculum
Read from Miller's Anesthesia 2009: