Center for MEDICS became the first Authorized Training Center for the Difficult Airway Course: EMS in New England in March 2014. The Difficult Airway Course: EMS is the industry leader in educating emergency medical service providers on difficult airway management. In this course, students will learn the full range of airway management techniques and have the opportunity to use a variety of tools and procedures to manage a patient’s airway.
Students will face various challenging patient scenarios, including elevated ICP, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, status astmaticus foreign body in the airway, direct airway trauma, multiple trauma with shock, and more. In a simulation, no-risk environment, students will learn to assess and predict the need for airway management, as well as manage a scene in which a patient is difficult to access due to his or her size (such as an infant or very obese), location (such as wedged in a tight spot) and/or environmental factors (such as low light). Students will use high and low fidelity simulation tools, and will practice techniques such as the use of extraglottic devices drug-assisted intubation and cricothyrotomy.