Course Details

This course is aimed at anyone wishing to enhance or practice their skills in managing the expected and unexpected difficult airway. While initially advertised to anaesthetic trainees, recent courses have been attended by ODPs, ED physicians and more.

The course lasts one day, is accredited for 5 CPD points from the RCOA and gives candidates over 4 hours of practical, hands on time.

The day consists of:


  • Introductory lecture based on plan A, B, C, D

  • Video reconstruction of Mr Bromiley's wife's case

  • Lectures from experienced faculty detailing cases which went wrong.

  • Scenario practice and discussion

  • Special guest speaker

  • Live upper airway endoscopy

  • NEW: cadaveric necks

Workshops on:

  • Videolaryngoscopy: Storz C-MAC, glidescope, Airtraq,

  • Bonfils optical stylet

  • Fibreoptic intubation - through nasal, oral routes, Berman airway, iGEL and LMA

  • Supraglottic airways/improving the view - Proseal, i-gel, LMA supreme

  • CICO - surgical cricothyroidotomy, small and large cannula cricothyroidotomy and Manujet ventilation

  • Tracheostomy emergencies

  • Extubation

  • Airway ultrasound

  • The obstetric airway

  • Realtime scenario practice

There is then a summary and roundup of the days' events and the DAS guidelines are reinforced. The course is led by an experienced consultant faculty, with industry support. The emphasis is on learning in a friendly, fun environment.

There are 16 places and 8 faculty.

Please note: We have had a number of enquiries from Foundation Doctors wishing to attend the course. The teaching assumes a basic knowledge of anaesthesia and competence in basic airway skills, such as rapid sequence intubation. While we will not exclude enthusiastic Foundation Doctors, please bare this in mind when making your decision, as it may be of limited value if you do not have this background experience. Thank you