Difficult Airway Management

 For the moment patients need you the the most.

Airway management is the core skill of any resuscitationist. As Montana clinicians our educators know that the tools you have available in Plentywood are different than those is Missoula. This difficult airway management course covers the following.

  1. Airway Geography (Anatomy and Physiology)
  2. Where to get lost in the airway
  3. Tissue and dissection lab
  4. What is a "failed" airway
  5. LMA and King Airway review
  6. Endotracheal intubation best practices
  7. Capnography and airway management
  8. When to cut and why we fail 

Who should take this course

  • Advanced life support providers
  • Resuscitation specialists
  • EM physicians, anesthesia, and paramedics

This course is pending CAPCE ACCREditation

Class Testimonials

Having worked extensively with Ben King, I have found him to be extremely visionary, hard-working, task oriented, and committed to the success of any project. He was integral in the planning and execution of opening our Helena aeromedical base. This involved many complex components coordinating facilities, personnel, and equipment on a short time line. Without his input, the project might have stalled, and it certainly would not have been as successful as it was. I heartily endorse Ben as a problem-solver who takes personal pride in seeing results.   

Andrew Michel, MD

Montana State Medical Director Summit Air Ambulance

I just wanted to thank you for being the Lead Instructor/Hal operator for the Code 99 Simulations that you did for the hospital in 2014. You taught 14 simulations, with 67 total participants from 7 different departments.

I appreciate the professionalism that you brought to these simulations, from the initial planning stages to the final simulation on the last day. You did an excellent job of hearing the vision that the group of nurse educators had for these simulations, and integrating your skills and the technology (Hal) to provide professional, high quality experiences for the participants. These simulations can be tough because we include a variety of positions (techs, CNAs, RNs, RTs, and PharmDs) and there is a wide range of education, from never having ACLS to being ACLS certified for 20 years. Your student evaluations reflect your ability to connect with all the participants in a personalized way, across the diverse backgrounds. Three themes arose from the participant’s evaluations of you: Clear communication, simplifying complex information, and respectful.

In addition, I appreciated that the technology allowed our staff to use our equipment on Hal, including our defibrillators just as we would on a person. This level realism and the hands-on approach contributed greatly to the success of these simulations. I have had several people from the simulations tell me that they have felt much more comfortable in actual code situations after participating in the Code 99 SIMs.

I hope to work with you on more simulations in 2015.

Jason Buchovecky

Emergency Department Nurse Educator