The safe management of a patient’s airway is one of the most challenging and complex tasks undertaken by a health professional - complications can result in devastating outcomes.
How can we improve safety, prevent complications, and be prepared to manage difficulties when they arise?
How, in a crisis, can we ensure that human and technical resources are best utilised?
The Airway Matters course from UCL by FutureLearn will provide answers to these key questions and help you develop strategies to improve patient safety in your area of practice, discussing safe airway management in patient groups and multidisciplinary clinical settings.
By the end of the course, you'll be able to:
- Improve your strategies to deal with the unexpected difficult airway and explore guidelines to use in special circumstances.
- Identify the key learning points and recommendations from the 4th National Audit Project (NAP4) on major complications of airway management in the UK.
- Apply the principles of multidisciplinary planning, communication and teamwork in shared airways interventions.
- Describe the technical and non-technical aspects of safe airway management for patients undergoing elective or emergency surgery, and the critically ill.
- Engage in a global discussion on airway matters with health professionals from around the world.
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What topics will you cover?
Week 1: Safe Airway Management, Human Factors and Ergonomics, Airway Anatomy
- Airway Safety: The Big Picture
- NAP4, Key Findings and Recommendations
- Human Factors and Ergonomics
- Anatomy: a Journey Through the Airways
- Assess the Airway and Develop a Strategy
- Airway Equipment
- Cognitive Tools
- Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate
- Rapid Sequence Induction
- The Obstructed Airway
- Special Techniques: Awake Tracheal Intubation, High-Flow Nasal Oxygenation, Jet Ventilation, LASER
- The Patient Journey
- Tracheostomies and Laryngectomies
- The Critically Ill Patient
- Prehospital Airway Management
- A Global Perspective
- 35 days
Start dates & application deadlines
- No Attendance
- Proactive tutoring and support
- Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)
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We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.
We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.
- This course, endorsed by the Difficult Airway Society, is for all members of the multidisciplinary team who provide airway support to patients, or care for patients with a compromised airway.
- This includes anaesthetists, anaesthesia associates, operating department practitioners, nurses, physiotherapists, adult and paediatric intensivists, prehospital and emergency medicine physicians, paramedics, head and neck surgeons and members of the cardiac arrest team.
InternationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 35 days.
NationalFreeTuition FeeBased on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 35 days.
It's free to join and study this course, you have the option to upgrade and receive a digital and printed certificate for $64. Additional benefits can be reached via the Unlimited FutureLearn product.
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