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Prepare You – Managing Stress at the Head of the Bed



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Taking on the head of the bed is stressful, and feeling that we can’t or won’t perform the way we would like to are common. We have the knowledge, but in a moment of need our mind betrays us. This is because we neglected to confront the impact that acute stress has on us. Fortunately there are ways to inoculate ourselves against that kind of stress response. We show you how here as part of successful preparation for the head of the bed


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.


techniques to enhance your fona performance

Here we give you four techniques you can practice to enhance your performance under pressure, and prepare yourself for the head of the bed.. 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


visit the performance lab

All of these techniques can be practiced with team partners and coaches in our performance lab during 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. 💪


Stress reducers

Remember it’s not all on you. Learning to manage stress is important, but reducing it is also important. Techniques for team communication and support, cognitive offloading, and reducing complexity are all part of being comfortable in the role. Getting started on the next part of the journey is as easy as scrolling down.


the bottom line

  • Stress can negatively impact your performance.
  • The tools shown here can help.

Congratulations on completing this portion of the learning space for Own the Head of the Bed. Don’t stope now! Locate any of the posters below to continue your training. 👇

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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

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