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The Anatomically Difficult Airway

nextgen learning designed to elevate your airway practice


The anatomically difficult airway (ADA) conjures images of grossly distorted anatomy, and the advanced skills used to overcome them, but this is not the whole story. Before the heroics, there are some important misconceptions and myths surrounding the ADA that need to be discussed.

To start we ask “what makes an airway anatomically difficult,” and how accurately can we predict them? What should happen when we identify and ADA, and should we do when we find ourselves unexpectedly confronted with one.

In this space we will teach you what to do for both an expected and unexpected ADA, so that you can stay out of trouble and protect your patient from harm. Then we dive into all advanced laryngoscopy, fiberoptic, tube introducer, and FONA skills you will ever need to rescue any anatomically difficult airway scenario.

If being able to master any anatomically difficult airway that comes along sounds good to you, then this is the learning space for you. Getting started is as easy as snapping a QR code next to any station in our physical spaces or scrolling down. 👇

The Airway Assessment

No one likes surprises in airway management. Learn how to assess for difficulty even in time critical situations.

tools to predict difficulty

We built this space to guide you through all the concepts and skills you need to successfully prepare with an anatomically difficult airway.

What’s the lesson here?

If we had the perfect early warning system to alert us about difficulty ahead we could always navigate around it. But how good is our navigation system? Let’s find out.

where do we go wrong

Lessons from the NAP4 study

Failure happens. Failure to plan for failure should never happen

If we can’t always predict difficulty or failure then have a plan for what to do when it happens.

Getting It Right the First Time

Having a backup plan is critical, but there is also something to be said for getting it right the first time. We explain why here.

next sections for the anatomically difficult airway

In the first sections we covered key assessment, prediction and preparation tools to help you stay ahead of an anatomically difficult airway. The next sections focus on some of the key devices and tools to get the job done and successfully secure an anatomically difficult airway.

leveraging the full power of VL

If there was one device that you would always want as your go to device it might be the hyperangulated video laryngoscope.

tracheal access devices

introducers are all about the delivery. Unlike endotracheal tubes, which are primarily for safe and efficient gas exchange, a tube introducer needs to make no such compromises in design.

fiberoptic skills

The video laryngoscope changed the game of endotracheal tube delivery. So what role does fiberoptic intubation (FOl) still play in the current age of VL? Enter this space and learn from the experts how to integrate this tool into your daily practice,

the emergency surgical airway

Part of the Join the OxygeNATION learning space, it also belongs here too. No attempt at a difficult airway should happen without being able to perform eFONA quickly if necessary.

integrated simulations

Turn this learning space into an immersive flipped classroom and test your knowledge in our simulation.

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