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The Airway In Cardiac Arrest

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What is the best airway strategy in cardiac arrest? How do you seamlessly integrate what you’re doing into an ongoing cardiac resuscitation? We go into it all here to help you build confidence in managing this difficult airway situation. Getting started is as easy as scrolling down.👇

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Our enhanced digital content allows you to learn in multiple ways. Use the digital space here as an online course for learning anytime, anywhere. Then, let the same enhanced digital content guide you through our uniquely immersive, interactive physical spaces for hands-on procedure training, skills challenges, expert coaching, and high-fidelity simulations. Welcome to next-generation training designed to elevate your airway practice.

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Open the guide and visit each poster to collect maximum points. If you are in a PAC pop-up physical space, complete the skills challenges, demonstrate your skills to our expert faculty, and get real-time feedback to earn even more points towards completion.


Core ConceptsTools of the Trade
Essential SkillsSkills Training
Evidence BasedWhat’s-Next

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Managing the airway in a cardiac arrest brings its own set of challenges. Enter here for an overview of this important topic.

Core Concepts

what’s the best airway strategy

Your patient is unresponsive, without a pulse, and agonal breathing. You’ve been asked to intubate the patient. What’s your next move?

a better way

EMS notification. Intubated, cardiac arrest. On arrival, you’re asked to confirm tube placement. What is the fastest and easiest way to do that? We show you here.

the right tool at THE right time

What’s the best way to deliver oxygen to your patient in cardiac arrest? The answer may surprise you.

Tools of the Trade

an important lifeline

Now that you know about the importance of supraglottic airway devices during cardiac arrest, spend a little time getting familiar with them.

ANOTHER critical tool

Waveform capnography is a great tool during CPR but has other airway-related applications. Learn how to use it effectively here.

Mechanical CPR & the airway

One way to minimize intubation time is using mechanical CPR with devices like the LUCAS. Learn why here.

Essential Skills

how to do it right

Don’t stop the beat. Learn how to reduce pauses for intubation, improve your first pass success and maximize the chest compression fraction.

when things get messy

Things can get messy in there (and they almost always do) when chest compressions are ongoing. They almost guarantee gastric contents will end up contaminating the airway. Here’s how to handle that.

What’s Next

Congratulations on completing this learning space! You could stop here, but why would you want to? Visit more Situationally Difficult Airway (SDA) learning spaces and add another bundle of concepts, tools, and skills to your airway toolbox 🧰