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Human Stories of FONA

listen to Five emergency physicians tell their stories about what they experienced during their first surgical airway


Nothing is more human than telling stories about our experience. These stories highlight all the challenges you will face, and are a great way to begin learning about how to prepare yourself for FONA.

Thanks to Jamie Lee MD @thestrivetofit for collecting this compelling series from real clinicians facing down the can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate reality of a failed airway.

This quote crystalizes the inevitable truth that human factors such as stress and emotions absolutely play a role in our ability to perform FONA. Acknowledging this is an important first step. Now listen to the stories below to complete this section.


Listen here and learn from the experience of others.

Next Steps

Congratulations! You are well on your way towards cultivating a Fearless FONA Mindset. To take the next step, go ahead and start exploring any of the four elements of Fearless FONA by visiting any of these posters below, or go to the online space below.