Studyportals
Short Course Online

Airway Matters

FutureLearn

35 days
Duration
Free
Free
Unknown
Tuition fee
Unknown
Unknown
Apply date
Unknown
Unknown
Start date

About

Explore key concepts underlying safe, multidisciplinary airway management with this Airway Matters course from UCL by FutureLearn.

Overview

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.

Programme Structure

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
Week 2: Airway Assessment and Planning, Cognitive Tools, Dealing with Emergencies
  • Assess the Airway and Develop a Strategy
  • Airway Equipment
  • Cognitive Tools
  • Can’t Intubate, Can’t Oxygenate
Week 3: Safety and Special Techniques
  • Rapid Sequence Induction
  • Extubation
  • The Obstructed Airway
  • Special Techniques: Awake Tracheal Intubation, High-Flow Nasal Oxygenation, Jet Ventilation, LASER
Week 4: The Shared Airways
  • The Patient Journey
  • Tracheostomies and Laryngectomies
  • The Critically Ill Patient
  • Prehospital Airway Management
Week 5: Airway Management in Special Circumstances
  • Paediatrics
  • Obstetrics
  • Obesity
  • A Global Perspective

Key information

Duration

  • Part-time
    • 35 days

Start dates & application deadlines

You can apply for and start this programme anytime.

Language

English

Delivered

Online
  • Self-paced
  • No Attendance
  • Proactive tutoring and support
  • Individual work/assignments (with online group discussions)

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • 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.

Tuition Fee

To alway see correct tuition fees
  • International

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 0 USD per year during 35 days.
  • National

    Free
    Tuition Fee
    Based 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. 

Funding

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

Fresh content

Updated in the last 9 months

Check the official programme website for potential updates.

Our partners

Airway Matters
-
FutureLearn

Wishlist

Go to your profile page to get personalised recommendations!