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.
- 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.
- Gas Exchange
- Evaluation of the Airway
- The Algorithms
- Pharmacology of Intubation
- Rapid Sequence Intubation
- Awake Intubation
- Manual Noninvasive Ventilation
- Direct Laryngoscopy
- Flexible Bronchoscopic Intubation
- Video Laryngoscopy
- Extraglottic Devices
- Intubating Stylets and Nonvisual Intubation Techniques
- Surgical Airway
- The Morbidly Obese Patient
- The Obstectrical Patient
- Pediatric Airway Management
- Airway Management Anesthesia in the MRI Suite
- Difficult Airway Carts
- Specialized Endotracheal Tubes
Required text and materials
Students will receive the following:
- Brown, C.A., Sakles, J.C., & Mick, N.W. (2018). The Walls Manual of emergency
airway management (5th ed.), Philadelphia, PA: Wolters Kluwer.
- Hung, O., & Murphy, M. F. (2018). Hung’s Difficult and Failed Airway Management
(3rd ed.), New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education/ Medical.
Type: Textbook ISBN:
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
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.
|Assignment 1 : Algorithms
|Assignment 2 : Topical Anesthetic
|Assignment 3 : Airway (AW) Management
|Assignment 4 : Case Study 1
|Assignment 5 : Case Study 2
|Assignment 6 : Difficult Airway Cart
|Final Examination (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member
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.