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Simplicity of the Scalpel

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what you’ll find here
  • FONA Procedure 📽
  • Microskills & Gestures
  • Expert Pearls 🦪
  • Troubleshooting ⛑
  • Guided Audio 🎧
  • Hands on ✋
  • Curated FOAMed

Skin Incision
Bougie Placement
CTM incision
Tube Placement


Expert discussion on the SFB

Listen to our team of experts from across the emergency airway universe discuss the finer points of various FONA techniques

A Real World Case

In this video of a surgical airway performed in Afghanistan you get the sense of what’s involved. You may never have to perform this procedure in a combat situation, but your body may not know the difference. All of the logistics, teamwork, and stress related obstacles we face in the ED are here. The first time I watched this video my palms were sweaty. Watch this video and our team will discuss on the other side.

FOAMEd FONA in Afghanistan – Youtube

The Debrief: Why was this surgical airway successful?

  • The team made a quick decision, and didn’t waste time trying other techniques likely to fail.
  • Team approach: supported by team members that this was the right decision (do it dude!).
  • Nothing fancy, the procedure was paired down to the essentials and performed in seconds.
  • Logistics: team members knew how to find everything and negotiate their environment.

For in person learners, locate any of the posters below within the installation to continue your training. Then snap the QR codes embedded within them to access the learning space. Look for the ✋emoji for integrated hands on training opportunities.

Online learning only

For remote learning only: you can use the link below to see the complete set of learning spaces available to you in this series.

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