Airway Management Outside the Operating Room (during COVID-19)

Professor Peter Brindley

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Lecture overview

This engaging, provocative, and practical talk uses examples from the COVID-19 outbreak but is relevant in all those who practice Emergency Medicine, Anaesthesia, or Critical Care Medicine before, during, or after pandemics. It starts by discussing the importance of how AMOTOR differs from AMITOR (airway management in the operating room) and how and why it is more perilous and nuanced. It discusses what it means to have a difficult airway and further divide this difficulty into anatomic, physiologic, and situational. We then focus on situational difficulty and the importance of mastering Human Factors and Team factors. We offer novel airway insights and common misconceptions regarding airway management including cricothyroidotomy and glottic impersonation. The goal is simple but profound: to keep airway teams strong and patients alive.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of this lecture, the attendee will be able to:

  1. Discuss the differences between AMOTOR and AMITOR.
  2. Define why AMOTOR is a more risk full procedure.
  3. Appreciate the role of human factors and team factors.
  4. Discuss novel airway insights and common misconceptions regarding airway management.

This lecture is equal to 1 CE Contact Hour, 1 CPD Point, and 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit



Additional CME Info

Release Date: February 1, 2020, Termination Date: January 31, 2023

Accreditation: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of EB Medicine and Continulus. EB Medicine is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation: EB Medicine designates this internet enduring material for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ per lecture. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Commercial Support: This activity received no commercial support.

Earning Credit: In order to earn CME credit, the participant must take the pre-test, listen to the lecture, take the CME post-test, and complete the post-test evaluation.

Duration 1 hour(s).

Lecture speaker

Professor Peter Brindley

Peter Brindley is a full-time Critical Care Physician at the University of Alberta Hospital, Canada and Professor of Critical Care Medicine, Anaesthesiology, and Medical Ethics. He has 100 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 30 book chapters, over 70 lesser manuscripts and one textbook focusing on resuscitation; crisis management; human factors; and improving teamwork & communication. 

He was a founding member of the Canadian Resuscitation Institute; former Medical-Lead for Simulation, and prior Education Lead for Surgery, Anaesthesia and Critical Care at the University of Alberta. He is on the Board for the Canadian Critical Care Society, and the organising committee for five major conferences. He has delivered over 400 invited presentations in ten countries, and over 50 plenaries.


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