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Do You Suck During Airway Decontamination

nextgen learning to elevate your airway practice


In this space, Dr Jim DuCanto, master educator and creator of the SALAD technique, will teach you to overcome one of the most feared scenarios in an emergency airway. Massive contamination. Before you give up on that video laryngoscope or ruin your optics, learn how a well-designed rigid suction catheter and integrating a few skills with your laryngoscopy can be game changers. Getting started is as easy as scrolling down 👇

The Creator

Dr James DuCanto, MD, is an anaesthesiologist, master educator and innovator dedicated to improving airway management. He is the inventor of the SALAD (Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy & Airway Decontamination) simulator and the SSCOR DuCanto Catheter.

The Integrated Learning Space

With Enhanced Digital Content

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Map Your Own Journey

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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What’s Inside


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.



Revolutionize your approach to massive airway contamination with Jim DuCanto and the SALAD Technique

a salad story

The story of SALAD and how it can benefit your ability to handle a touch airway situation.

the core salad skills

A simple device, an ingenious set of skills, a game changer. Learn how.

the “saga” continues

Good airway decontamination skills are not just for endotracheal tube placement.

What’s Next

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

The Collaborators

Chris Root MD

Chris Root is an emergency medicine attending and flight physician in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He first became passionate about airway management while working as a New York City paramedic for nearly a decade. His interests include prehospital airway management, airway management during cardiac arrest, team dynamics during resuscitation, and, most importantly, breakfast burritos.

Jess Boyle, BS, NRP, FP-C, CCP-C

Jess serves as a director of a suburban EMS service and Clinical Assistant Professor of Health Science at Stony Brook University with experience as a critical care paramedic in adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients, as well as a flight paramedic. He continues to educate physicians, advanced practice providers, nurses, and other medical professionals for several large medical institutions in the New York metropolitan area.

Jonathan St. George MD

A physician educator and innovator. He is the director of the Protected Airway Collaborative and the creative force behind its uniquely immersive and interactive learning style. He has 15+ years of experience developing novel learning delivery systems in medical education and is an assistant professor in emergency medicine at Weill Cornell with extensive clinical experience in urban, rural, academic, community, international, virtual, and disaster response medicine.