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The Stress Lab

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IntroductionEffects of StressPerformance
TeamworkSummaryWhat’s Next


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You know what to do, but the mind betrays us in a moment of need. This is usually because we neglected to confront the impact of acute stress on performance. Fortunately, there are ways to inoculate ourselves against that stress response.

The Effects of Stress

Stress can degrade your performance in specific ways. Here we highlight three stress related killers often seen in failed airway scenarios so you can recognize them in yourself or your team members, and be better prepared to deal with them when the situation arises.

Performance Training

techniques to enhance your fona performance

Here we give you four techniques you can practice to enhance your performance under pressure, and cultivate your Fearless FONA Mindset. Each technique provides you with all the resources for both self-guided practice as well as in person learning in our performance lab.

box breathing

  1. Listen to the intro audio 🎧
  2. Use the GIF to practice 🫁
  3. Use it before any procedure
visualization skills

  1. Listen to the intro audio 🎧
  2. Watch FONA procedure video
  3. Use guided audio to visualize
  4. Then try it without the audio
positive self talk

  1. Listen to the intro audio 🎧
  2. Write down 3 positive self-talk phrases
  3. Practice using them

  1. Listen to the intro audio 🎧
  2. Write down a trigger phrase
  3. Practice using it

Lean on Your Team

it’s not all on you

Learning to manage stress is essential, but reducing it is also vital. Your team is an important resource if you know how to use it. Developing techniques for team communication that can support cognitive offloading and improve your bandwidth is part of cultivating a Fearless FONA mindset.


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Visit the Stress Lab

for performance training

All of these techniques can be practiced with team partners and coaches in our performance lab during in-person PAC Live! events. Check out the space and the series of performance-enhancing exercises built into the program to take your skills to the next level.


Our in-person stress lab is designed to help you put your new skills to the test and innoculate you against the effects of time-dependent procedure related stress. Come visit.

What’s Next


When you’re ready, it’s time to head to the next poster shown here to continue the journey through this space.

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.

Reference – Psychological Skills to Improve Emergency Care
Providers’ Performance Under Stress
Michael J. Lauria, BA, NRP, FP-C*; Isabelle A. Gallo; Lt Col Stephen Rush, MD;
Jason Brooks, PhD, MSc; Rory Spiegel, MD; Scott D. Weingart, MD