PHARM Podcast 59 : Airway skills maintenance – the occasional intubator revisited
Its snowing in Utah
This is a photo of the Snow outside, sent to me from my mate Dr Rob Bryant in Utah. Remember him?
Yep the one from the Damn Sexy Intubation episode.
Anyway we had a chat on the occasional intubator and airway skills maintenance. How do you keep your emergency airway skills good enough? What if you have to supervise trainees and cant get a lot of real skills use in your daily clinical work?
Are airway courses valuable? What about airway training mannikins? Perhaps buying an expensive video laryngoscope will help compensate for occasional intubation practice and airway skills degradation?
THE KEY TO MAINTAINING ADEQUATE AIRWAY SKILLS IS DELIBERATE PRACTICE AND REVIEW
- Mentally and physically practice all emergency airway skills, regularly and deliberately
- Focus your practice on skills and scenarios that make you uncomfortable or you lack confidence in
- Get a coach and mentor. Your deliberate practice needs some guidance from a trusted source
- Review all your airway cases. all the time. Learn from each and everyone of them. Use structured audit and review process
- Your enemy is hypoxia. It deserves the utmost respect. Focus your practice on this.
- The enemy of good is better. Strive to be better at your airway management. This is the discipline
Now on to the Podcast
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