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The Airway Checklist

nextgen learning to elevate your airway practice

  • An argument for the use of checklists
  • Behind the history of checklists
  • A bedside airway checklist resource

Enhanced Digital Content

Enhanced digital content allows you to learn in two ways. Use the space here as part of the online course for this topic. Then, let the same enhanced digital content guide you through our immersive physical space for hands-on procedure training, skills challenges, and expert coaching. 


Team communication in action

Use a checklist so you can have a shared mental model by reviewing a plan of action. Here is a good example.

Rapid resource – our airway checklist

Rapid resource – our airway checklist

Just snap the QR code or click the link to get it on your mobile device.

a brief history of checklists
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The official B-17 flight manual in World War II cautioned pilots that operation of the B-17 was too complex for even experienced pilots to memorize; the checklist, therefore, was the “only sure safeguard” against pilot error, and it was “absolutely essential that the cockpit checklist be used properly by pilot and co-pilot at all times” (U.S Army, no date).

Original B-17 Checklist
an argument for checklists – Atul Gawande MD

Atul Gawande is an American surgeon, writer, and public health researcher. Take the time to listen to this powerful argument for checklists based on his book The Checklist Manifesto

Link to emupdates checklist

Here is another great airway checklist resource from one of our favorite FOAMed sources. Don’t forget to follow them and build your learning network.

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 next poster in this learning space by using the link below. Otherwise, head to the poster above to continue through the physical learning space.

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