Category Archives: Lectures

NAPEM17: Paediatric Procedual Sedation in the ED

Herewith my final presentation from NAPEM 2017 in Hyderabad, India. Not really an airway talk, but in the spirit of #FOAM, I’m reproducing it here.

The SASA Paediatric Procedural Sedation and Analgesia (PSA) Guidelines (2016 Update) are available from the ‘Publications’ section of the SASA web page (and are open access), but for ease of access, I have made the file available here as well:

SASA Paediatric Sedation Guidelines (2016 update)

NAPEM’17: Securing the Paediatric Airway – What’s New?

As promised, my presentation from the 9th National Assembly on Paediatric Emergency Medicine currently being held at the Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research in Hyderabad, India.  There is much more content in the audio, which I will try to add to the post later when it is available.Thoughts? Comments?  Post them below!

NAPEM’17: Paediatric Difficult Airway in the ED

As promised/per usual, here’s my presentation from the current National Assembly on Paediatric Emergency Medicine, being held now (16-19 Feb 2017) at the Apollo Institute of Medical Sciences & Research, Hyderabad, India.  Much of the content is in the audio, of course…which I will post if/when available.
Comments welcome below as usual!

Understanding airway geometry: Brainchildren of Dr Kenneth Greenland

One of the greatest influences on my understanding of the geometry of the airways, and thereby the technical skills and processes required to place airway devices of all types, has been the work on publications of Dr Kenneth Greenland. Greenland’s publication in the BJA in 2010 should be required reading for anybody who performs intubation. However, if you want to really understand theories of the airway curves and columns, I highly recommend getting it from the horses mouth.  Here below are several videos in which can Greenland explains his thinking and theories.  While they are a little longer than your average #FOAM material, I cannot recommend them strongly enough.

Confined Space Airway Management

Ross’s talk from the 2015 SMACCdub meeting, with credit to #SMACC and the Intensive Care Network.

This and many other talks available on the SMACC home pages.

Click here for the slides, podcast and original abstract on ICN.

#badEM: My Best & Biggest Blunders

While not exclusively airway themed, this talk for the #badEM symposium in September 2016 addresses the concepts of making mistakes in medicine, and how to make them meaningful.  badEM are a shining light in South African #FOAM, and I’m very grateful for the invitation to speak and share at their event.  For more info and pearls from the talk, see their page here.  The podcast is shared below.

October Airway & Thoracics Skills Courses open for bookings!

The UCT Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine in conjunction with OpenAirway is running the next set of airway and thoracic anaesthesia skills courses during October.  Information and bookings are now available via the Courses page here.  There are three back-to-back courses which build upon the skill sets:

  • Core Airway Skills – Suitable for any medical practitioner who may need to perform airway management, especially in an emergency setting.  This starts with the basics (such as airway assessment and face-mask ventilation) and covers everything up to airway rescue and surgical airways except fibreoptic intubation.
  • AEIOU – “Airway Endoscopy for Intubation and Other Uses” is for practitioners wanting to master videolaryngoscopy, learn the use of rigid intubating scopes and rigid bronchoscopy, and learn fibreoptic skills, including awake fibreoptic intubation.
  • Thoracic Anaesthesia Skills – Designed as a primer or refresher for anaesthetists who want to perform lung isolation and one-long ventilation, this course covers important topics like the physiology of OLV, lung separation and isolation techniques, practical uses of double-lumen tubes and bronchial blockers, and the approach to the thoracic patient with a difficult airway.

Co to the courses page for more information and to book a place!

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Cape Town FCA2 Refresher: DAS 2015 Guidelines

Here’s the excellent simulation/re-enactment video from Simpact on the Elaine Bromiley Case that I featured in the lecture.

You can download my accompanying lecture notes on the DAS 2015 guidelines here:

FCA2 Refresher 2016 Notes – Hofmeyr – Difficult Airway Society 2015 Guidelines

Frerk et al’s article on the 2015 guidelines is available from the BJA here (open access), and the excellent recent editorial on front-of-neck access by Timmerman, Chrimes and Hagberg is here.  This is not in the notes, as it has only just been published online.

The links to the different algorithms are on the Algorithms page, or you can browse the DAS website.

The surgical airway technique video that woudn’t play is below.

ICEM2016 Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course resources

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The first African presentation of the PEMC (Pediatric Emergency Medicine Course) is being run as one of the pre-conference workshops for ICEM 2016 at Red Cross War Memorial Children’s Hospital today.  OpenAirway is present, assisting with the airway stations.  Course instructors have given their blessing to host some of the supplementary material online for the #FOAM community, so we have created a PEMC resources page here!  More content will be added as it becomes available.

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