Mauritius Airway & Ventilation Workshops 2017

Welcome!  This page serves as a repository for materials and references for the First Annual Mauritius Airway & Ventilation Workshops hosted  on the island in October 2017  with kind assistance of Elysium Healthcare, ChemTech, Drager and Storz.

The reference book for the workshops is the “Core Airway Skills” manual, adapted from “Advanced Airway Management” by Dr John Roos and Dr Ross Hofmeyr.  You can download the second edition of the manual free here:

Core Airway Skills Manual – Mauritius 2017 (v2.0.3)


To help you prepare and get the most the workshops, we have prepared some prelearning material on this page.   Try to at least work though the section(s) for the workshop(s) you are attending.  You don’t need to read the whole book – it is here as a reference for you to use before and after!  There are many additional resources – including training videos which you can make use of to prepare for the workshops if you want to learn more – available here on OpenAirway.  See the relevant page links:

Basic Airway Workshop

Airway assessment:  Download and read the initial section on “Airway Assessment and Predicting Difficulty of the following short chapter from the Handbook of Anaesthesia & Critical Care:  Hofmeyr  – Preventing Airway Disasters

Do you use a checklist/cognitive aid/mnemonic to help you perform rapid bedside airway assessment?

Read through the following notes on induction agents and muscle relaxants:

Basic Ventilaiton Workshop

Introduction to capnography by Dr Rowan Duys:

What do you know about capnography as a tool to aid effective ventilation?  Visit the  free capnography tutorial and then take the interactive quiz hosted by Medtronic, which includes live waveforms.  You can use these for reference as well (via KIDocs; original source unknown):

Advanced Airway Workshop

FONAR:  Front of Neck Airway Rescue

Watch these videos to review FONAR techniques:

If you want perspective on the debate between needle and scalpel as first approach to FONAR in a CICO situation, here is some good reading on the subject:

Airway Endoscopy

Review this video:

To learn more about the physics and construction of endoscopic airway equipment, you can access these notes, written for the UCT FCA 1 Refresher in 2017:

Advanced Ventilation Workshop

Visit the  free capnography tutorial and then take the interactive quiz hosted by Medtronic, which includes live waveforms.

To learn more, you can use these capnography resources:

Watch the video below by Dr Rick Grisoli, which gives a great overview of double-lumen endotracheal tubes (DLTs), including some of the problems with positioning.  Note that the technique of advancing the DLT over a paediatric bronchoscope should be used with caution, as it can risk damage to the scope.  An alternative method is to place the DLT clinically and then confirm/adjust position with a bronchoscope.

Specific Skills

Specific learning materials are available for each of the practical stations.  Click any of the links below to access:


Rescue intubation through supraglottic airways

Watch these videos:

There is extensive further information and useful training videos on the supraglottic airway (SGA) page here on OpenAirway

Paediatric intubation

For reference materials on paediatric difficult airways, you can download this file:

Paediatric difficult airway reference materials

For more images and ideas, browse these two presentations:

Rigid optical/video stylets


This series of workshops would not be possible without the academic support of the Department of Anaesthesia & Perioperative Medicine, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Cape Town, and logistical support of Elysium, ChemTech, Drager and Storz – thank you!


Open access meducation for all aspects of airway management