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Within Emergency Medicine, airway management is an essential aspect to obtain initial stabilization of the critically ill patient. Airway control is more than introducing a tube in a patient’s trachea, it is a complex procedure that means assuring an oxygenation canal, avoiding causing harm or making our patients worse by doing it.

During this workshop, we will go through different topics that will allow the physician that works in emergency facilities, to acquire abilities for the advanced management of the airway. By this, they will be better prepared to approach complications during the procedure and know new tools available to avoid and resolve problems, aiming always for an optimal care for each of our patients.

ADDRESSED TO / AUDIENCE

Physicians with an interest in airway management, last year medical students, nurses and paramedics that work at emergency facilities.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Being a physician, last year medical student, nurse or paramedic that works at an emergency facility, who knows basic aspects of airway management.

GENERAL OBJECTIVE

Provide students with tools, and practice abilities, to approach a difficult airway and avoid complications during the procedure in adult patients.

SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES

At the end of this workshop, students will be able to:

  • Apply their knowledge on airway anatomy and the correct use of the bag-valve mask to achieve an adequate technique for oxygenation, ventilation and prevention of emesis.
  • Apply techniques that permit a better laryngoscopy, augmenting the success rate with these maneuvers, and know the elements that allow us to intubate safely.
  • Go through the rapid sequence intubation, its complications and how to resolve problems we might encounter during the procedure.
  • Knowing new techniques and tools available for intubation, such as videolaringoscopy, use of stylets and bougie as complements to the conventional intubation.
  • Know the utility and correct way to use supraglotic devices, as a first line approach in settings were orotracheal intubation might be difficult, or as a rescue tool in patients were we can’t achieve a conventional intubation.
  • Recognize settings where a surgical airway might be required and techniques to make this procedure easier.
  • Implement changes in their work units, which may permit the application of all the learnt aspects during the workshop.

CONTENTS

-          Applied anatomy and physiology to the airway.

-          Oxygenation, ventilation and prevention of emesis.

-          Rapid sequence intubation.

-          Direct laryngoscopy, use of stylets and bougies.

-          Videolaringoscopy.

-          Supraglotic devices.

-          Surgical airway management.

-          Airway checklist to optimize airway management.

PROGRAM DIRECTOR

AcunnaDr. David Acuña R.

Emergency Medicine

Instructor Adjunto

Programa de Medicina de Urgencia

Departamento de Medicina Interna

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

STAFF

LevitanRichard Levitan, MD

Adjunct Professor Emergency Medicine

Geisel School of Medicine

Dartmouth College

 

BillyWilliam Mallon, MD

Emergency Medicine

Stony Brooke University

Head of international emergency medicine division

 

AguileraDr. Pablo Aguilera

Médico Urgenciólogo

Ultrasound Fellow

Olive View, UCLA Medical Center

Profesor Asistente



Programa de Medicina de Urgencia


Departamento de Medicina Interna

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dr. Ludwig Von Plessing

Residente de Tercer Año


Programa de Medicina de Urgencia

Departamento de Medicina Interna

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

Dr. Nicolás Mena

Residente de Tercer Año


Programa de Medicina de Urgencia

Departamento de Medicina Interna

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile

MODALITY

In person. The workshop will develop in a theoretical and applied modality. Students will attend lectures and then apply the concepts in a workshop on the same content.

ADMISSION PROCESS

Date for admission: from March 1st to August 15th, or until course is full.

People interested to attend this workshop must complete de application form, fund at this link.

GENERAL INFORMATION

Date: Thursday September 1st, 2016.

Time: 08.30 am to 3.00 pm

Duration:  6 hours.

Place: Centro de Extensión, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile.