Difficult Airway Course and Torbay Airway Fibreoptic Course
Our Department is very proactive in the field of Difficult Airway Management. In the past 10 years we have progressed from one Difficult Airway Box kept in Emergency Theatre to five Difficult Airway Trolleys strategically located throughout the hospital to cover most areas where general anaesthetics are administered. They are equipped in accordance with a recommended list endorsed by Difficult Airway Society (DAS). Visual representation of the content of each draw is available on the front together with Difficult Airway Plan. This makes the management of difficult airway scenarios smooth and effective.
In the recent years a lots of new equipment have been introduced to include Video/optic laryngoscopy, Nasendoscopy, newest Supraglottic Airway devices, jet ventilation and front of the neck devices.
Regular teaching for all clinical staff takes place at Clinical Effectiveness Meetings, evening tutorials and afternoon drop-in sessions.
Number of Anaesthetists have developed an interest in Difficult Airway Management as well a good number of ODPs.
Lots of doctors and ODPs are members of DAS maintaining their knowledge and skills on the regular basic. ODPs are well supported and subsidies to attend DAS annul meetings.
As a result of all these activities we have been honoured to host DAS annual meeting 2016 in Torquay.
Torbay Airway Fibreoptic Course (TAFC)
“3 in 1” Course
The “3 in 1” Course is an extension of the Torbay Awake Fibreoptic Course (TAFC) that has been running for several years. The inaugural “3 in 1” course takes place on Saturday 9th May 2015. The course involves hands on experience in nasendoscopy, awake fibreoptic bronchoscopy and videolaryngoscopy. The 4 candidates will have the opportunity to perform all three of these techniques on each other under the supervision of 3 consultant anaesthetists. This is a unique opportunity for anaesthetic registrars to gain practical experience in these three airway management techniques.
Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) Course
The Can’t Intubate Can’t Oxygenate (CICO) situation is one of the most feared anaesthetic emergencies and yet there is currently no consensus about how it should be managed. The Difficult Airway Society have recognised that this needs to be addressed and is planning to publish “didactic” guidelines on how to manage the CICO scenario. We have created a course that provides anaesthetists and ODPs with comprehensive training in a standardised approach to managing this anaesthetic emergency. The course combines the theory and simulation with the opportunity to practise “front of neck access” techniques on animal tissue. We are running a pilot course on 28th April 2015 and, all going well, intend to run the course on a monthly basis.
Phone: 01803 654311 Fax: 01803 654312
Email: Anaesthetic Department