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Transition to Residency – Airway Edition


“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


You’re two weeks into your intern year when you get that call to come and help a patient in respiratory distress. You see a pale and cyanotic patient with shallow breathing. You know this they’re not getting enough oxygen and that seconds count. The team is coming, but for now it’s all you…

The ability to oxygenate your patient and protect them from the harm of hypoxia is at the core of all airway management, but to do this well you will need more than just skill with a laryngoscope. You will need a set of concepts, skills, and tools that will help you achieve your goal in the stressful and time dependent moments when it matters the most.

This learning space will help you develop those skills. We designed this space we give you everything you need to handle that airway emergency, so that you can build that strong foundation for a lifetime of successful airway practice. Getting started is as scrolling down.

map your journey – Instructions for use

We merge digital & physical space for an enhanced learning experience. Move seamlessly between masterclasses & immersive installations.

scroll down to enter

Getting started is as easy as scrolling down. Or use the links below to view any topic and enter any of the theme based learning spaces here👇

Big Picture


airway essentials

What are the essentials you need to save a life in an airway emergency? Let’s discuss.

Core Concept


the first law

The laws of airway management are immutable. Ignore them at your peril. Here we teach you about the first and most important one.

Personal Story


why it matters

Some stories have a powerful impact. This is one of those.

Critical Skill


How to call for help

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

Critical Skill


master your breathing

Breathe, just breathe in the air. We promise you’ll feel better. You really will.

Core Concept


a cognitive tool

When the stakes are high you need a cognitive tool that will lower the stress. This one can do just that in an airway emergency.

Core Concept


two important concepts

The twin concepts of OPTIMIZATION & BEST EFFORT are powerful tools to protect your patient in an airway emergency, and we will explore them here.

Tools & Techniques


your most important lifeline

Many people badly underestimate the need for good BVM skills when developing their airway management skills. Don’t be one of them.

Tools & Techniques


make this underappreciated device your friend

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

Tools & Techniques


Tube delivery & the Laryngoscope

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

Self-assessment tool

Use this this self-assessment tool to test your knowledge and collect points! Answer the questions associated with each poster topic and visit our faculty coaches to get real time feedback on critical skills after practicing in our pop-up physical learning spaces.

What’s Next

Sure you could stop here, but why would you? Use the digital content in this space for guided self-practice in our pop-up installations, visit our expert coaches, or dive into any of the other immersive theme based learning spaces at PAC.

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 Presbyterian Hospital with over 15 years of EMS experience. Passionate about airway training and the effective use of Supraglottic Airways Devices..

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