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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.

Enhanced Digital Content

Use this learning space in two ways. As an online course, scroll down and enter the online learning space. Explore each section below, or use the navigation tool to go directly to the content you’re interested in. Then, use this enhanced digital content in one of our pop-up physical spaces for hands-on procedure training, skills challenges, and expert coaching.


IntroductionPersonal Stories
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This quote crystallizes the reality that stress and emotions play a role in our ability to perform FONA. Acknowledging this is important, but also understanding that the anxiety and fear around FONA is a common experience and that if you have these emotions, you share them with the rest of us. Just knowing this can help lessen that fear. Now, listen to the stories below to complete this section.

Personal Stories

User Guide

Keep yourself on track and get credit for completion using this guide.

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

What’s Next


Congratulations! You’ve completed this section of the learning space. Collect all the available points before moving on to the next poster to explore all the interactive and hands-on learning opportunities. 

Online Only

If you can’t be with us in person, you can still use this enhanced digital content as an online course. Visit the digital home page of this learning space by using the link below. Otherwise, head to the next poster above to continue through the physical learning space.