ANES 4003
Airway Management

3.0 Credits

Description

Managing a patients' airway is an essential skill for an Anesthesia Assistant. Students explore the technology and application of airway management principles. Topics include airway equipment, airway assessment, and current airway management techniques. Additionally students will be assessed in surgical and nonsurgical approaches, and difficult airway management algorithms. Students successfully completing the course are well grounded in airway management theory and practice.

Delivery Method

Online, self-paced.

Prerequisites

It is highly recommended that the student be a RRT, RN, MD or an equally qualified individual with at least one year of clinical experience prior to taking this course. A background as an AA, RRT, RN, MD or equivalent is strongly recommended. Taking this course does not imply admission to the Anesthesia Assistant program.

Objectives

  • Compare and contrast the current available basic and advanced airway technologies.
  • Differentiate between the adult and pediatric airway
  • Compare and contrast the various airway assessment techniques.
  • Differentiate between the various nonsurgical airway techniques.
  • Differentiate between the various surgical airway techniques.
  • Select the appropriate airway management techniques for a difficult airway.
  • Compare the various pharmacological agents used in airway management.
  • Evaluate for appropriateness of airway removal and identify removal techniques.

Course Outline

  1. Gas Exchange
  2. Evaluation of the Airway
  3. The Algorithms
  4. Pharmacology of Intubation
  5. Rapid Sequence Intubation
  6. Awake Intubation
  7. Manual Noninvasive Ventilation
  8. Direct Laryngoscopy
  9. Flexible Bronchoscopic Intubation
  10. Video Laryngoscopy
  11. Extraglottic Devices
  12. Intubating Stylets and Nonvisual Intubation Techniques
  13. Surgical Airway
  14. The Morbidly Obese Patient
  15. The Pregnant Patient
  16. Pediatric Airway Management
  17. Airway Management Anesthesia in the MRI Suite
  18. Difficult Airway Carts
  19. Specialized Endotracheal Tubes

Maximum Completion

30 weeks.

Required Text and Materials

  1. Walls, R. M., & Murphy, M. F. Manual of emergency airway management . (4th ed.). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, (2012).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9781451144918
  1. Hung, O., & Murphy, M. F. Management of the difficult & failed airway . (2nd ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education/ Medical, (2012).
    Type: Textbook, ISBN: 9780071623469

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication is through the Learning Environment's "Mail" tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

Assessment

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam. Students applying this course towards any TRU Health Care program may be required to obtain a minimum 60% on the course overall to meet program requirements.

Unit 1 Assignment 20%
Unit 2 Assignment 20%
Unit 3 Assignment 20%
Final Examination* 40%
Total 100%

* Mandatory