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“If I were to come up with a set of laws for the emergency airway this would definitely be the first and most important of those laws: PRIORITIZE OXYGENATION

– Jonathan St George MD


It’s 3am and you’re on call. Suddenly you’re asked to come urgently into a patient’s room. You see someone who is pale and unresponsive; with an oxygen saturation on the monitor of 64%. You’re not even sure if help is on the way, but even if they are, you worry they may not get there quickly enough to avoid disaster. It’s on you, and you need to act. In that moment you think to yourself, “what should I do next..”

about this space

The Protected Airway Collaborative has been teaching essential airway skills across all specialities charged with emergency airway care for years. Now we bring our experience and next generation learning style to you so you can be prepared for an airway emergency on day one of your intern year.

To succeed you’ll need a no-nonsense set of concepts, skills and tools that are there for you when you need them, and we give them to you here in our uniquely immersive, interactive and self-directed learning space to enhance knowledge translation so that what you learn today will be there for you tomorrow.

Enjoy. 😊

Map Your own Journey

These learning spaces are self-directed. Use this masterclass format here as a stand alone online course, or as a supercharged flipped classroom to maximize your in person training time for one of our immersive in person installations

What’s in this space

  • Critical concepts for emergency airway management
  • Cognitive tools designed to work at the bedside
  • Personal stories & expert insights
  • Masterclass spaces, with self-practice learning tools πŸ€”
  • Integrated Hands on & in-person training opportunities βœ‹
  • SIM-based challenges to test your skills πŸ’ͺ
  • Curated FOAMed learning
  • Social Media & network builders πŸ“±
  • Much much more
  • πŸ€” = self-practice tools
  • βœ‹ = hands on self-practice & coaching
  • πŸ’ͺ = challenged based SIM learning
approximate time required: 90min

Everything you need (and nothing you don’t) to successfully manage an airway emergency intern year

Learn how to make this first law the foundation of all your training

Yes, asking for help is a skill. Learn how to do it well in this space


In the current clinical environment personal safety is where it all starts


  • Face Mask Ventilation
  • Supraglottic Airway Device
  • Endotracheal Intubation

These are your three upper airway lifelines. They all deliver lifesaving oxygen, but they can be even more powerful if you know how to use them together

The twin concepts of optimization and best effort will help you succeed at achieving the first law. Learn how


Breathe, just breathe in the air

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Why it matters

Many people badly underestimate the need for good BVM skills. Don’t be one of them


The supraglottic airway device (SAD) has lots of advantages. In this space we demonstrate all you need to know to use these important devices


Placing an endotracheal tube requires skill with a laryngoscope. In this space we break it down into a step by step approach that can improve your success


Perceived failure is a mind killer. Maybe it’s time to think differently…

Human factors and stress play a critical role in your ability to act during an airway emergency. Here we discuss how to rethink failure to keep you on track in the challenges you will face ahead



These new learning spaces are designed as blended learning: fully integrated into our multiple online and in person learning styles. See how you can take what you learned here into one of our other learning events.

meet the creators

Each learning space takes a collaborative and design forward approach. We draw on the power of the creative arts to inspire and tell stories, on the sciences to improve our clinical practice, and on the diverse perspectives of our combined experience to deepen our knowledge. Each unique creation has one goal: to elevate your emergency airway practice.

JOnathan St George MD – Creator the protected airway collaborative

My own airway training was uneven. Sometimes I got it right; sometimes I had to learn things the hard way. Looking back at that journey is what made me want to create a better path for those who come after us. A path that helps to amplify your abilities, and that gives you an honest look at our strengths and weaknesses as human beings and as clinicians so that we can transcend those limits.

Emilio Del Busto – clinical faculty

An NYC 911 and Mobile Stroke Treatment Unit paramedic for New York Prebyterian Hospital with over 15 years of EMS experience. Passionate about airway training and the effective use of Supraglottic Airways Devices..

Kevin Ching MD – clinical faculty & simulation director

Dr. Kevin Ching  is the Medical Director of the Weill Cornell Medicine NewYork-Presbyterian Simulation Center, and an Assistant Professor of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at Weill Cornell Medicine. He is a co-founder and director of BASE Camp, an annual high-impact, simulation-based conference focused on training multiprofessional teams of international pediatric emergency medicine providers in the care of critically ill and injured children. As a physician and educator, his passion is in creating new and exciting medical education environments that challenge our conventions and transform the ways we teach, learn, and assess our students.

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