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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

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.


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.

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.

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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