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Direct Laryngoscopy

nextgen learning designed to elevate your airway practice.


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Direct laryngoscopy remains an essential skill for many reasons. Learn how by scrolling down and then heading to the hands-on learning in our physical space.

The Online Learning Space

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.


IntroductionRapid ReviewELM
Guided PracticeEarn PointsWhat’s Next

Rapid Review

Direct Laryngoscopy Explained

This video by Eric Shapell remains one of our favorites to explain the basics of direct laryngoscopy. Watch to get a great review of the steps of DL, and then add his channel to your learning network.

Expert Tips


No one has been more influential in online airway education than Dr Kovacs of AIME Airway. Another online educator worth adding to your learning network.

External Laryngeal Manipulation

an important dl skill

After Valleculoscopy, External Laryngeal Manipulation (ELM) is the second of the critical skills for laryngeal exposure, particularly for DL, as it will help you with your direct line of sight to the trachea.. Place your free hand on the larynx and apply gentle downward pressure. Move left or right until you get your best view.

dive deep on ELM

Want to really understand the nuances of this skill? Visit 5MinuteAirway for some more great airway knowledge and don’t forget to add them to your learning network.

Guided Practice

HANDS-ON training

Remember, if you’re in one of our pop-up learning spaces or a PAC Live event, find this icon and use the multimedia tools for hands-on guided practice.

  1. Look for this icon.
  2. Snap the QR code.
  3. Begin your hands-on practice.
  4. Get feedback on your skills.

Don’t forget to ask our faculty coaches for real-time expert feedback and earn points!

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.

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