Nick Balfour

Sunday, June 4, 2017 • 13:00 - 14:30
Track 2 – AIRWAY EMERGENCIES
WCC: Ballroom B

The Dangerous Airway - Managing Yourself and the Patient - Dr. George Kovacs

Description:

While most clinicians understand the need to have an approach to the difficult airway, our ability to execute the necessary cognitive and psychomotor tasks to achieve the desired outcome is often limited by human and psychological factors. Check your pulse and come look in the mirror to see if you’re ready to perform when it counts.

Learning Objectives:

  • Clarify what defines successful emergency airway management
  • Understand the context-related challenges involved in managing the airway of acutely ill patients
  • Appreciate the hazards of provider stress and bias that may influence airway outcomes

Things Anesthesia Can Still Teach Us - Dr. Mark Vu

Description:

In addition to being supremely talented at cross word puzzles and eating their lunches in hospital zones intended for sterility, Anesthesiologists know a little about other stuff too, such as emergency airway management pharmacology. This presentation will review new and old medications used in advanced airway management, in a simple, pragmatic approach.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review role of ketamine as a primary induction medication
  • Learn simple vasopressor “recipes” that are helpful in airway management
  •  Understand the role of sugammadex in emergency airway management

To Cut to Cure and Not to Kill: Airway Options Below the Cord - Dr. Nick Balfour

Description:

This presentation will review the current state of the art in the emergent surgical airway, and will address long held beliefs and challenge practitioners to understand where below the cord airways fit in their toolbox of advanced airway management.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the current literature on needle cricothyrotomy
  • Explore options for the rapid establishment of the surgical airway
  • Introduce some new options for rescue airways