COVID-19 airway management training resources
Airway Management Training Manikins & Simulator Apps
Lifelike training in routine, advanced and emergency airway management procedures improves the safety of healthcare workers & improves patient outcomes, including difficult airway techniques.
TruCorp manufactures the world’s most lifelike medical training manikins featuring the AirSim X airway backed by a 5-year warranty, as well as a patient monitor simulator and mechanical ventilation app for clinical and medical trainees.
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How can healthcare providers protect themselves against coronavirus?
COVID-19 is primarily transmitted through droplets, similar to influenza transmission. Coughing, sneezing and certain airway management procedures can create airborne virus-containing particles.
Medical professionals must understand intrinsic transmission vulnerabilities and how to mitigate risk during the airway management process.
High and lesser-risk airway management procedures
Airway management procedures involving gas flow can create an aerosol and are considered high risk:
- Non-invasive or positive pressure bag-valve-mask ventilation
- Atomized medication delivery via face mask
- Tracheal extubation
- Tracheal suction without closed system
- High flow nasal oxygen (HFNO)
Aerosols may still be generated during other airway management procedures not involving gas flow. The following procedures are considered lower risk, but not risk-free:
- Tracheal intubation
In addition to the technical aspects of airway management, healthcare workers are facing or expected to face dramatic and pressure-filled situations including critical care bed shortage, lack of sufficient personal protective equipment, and other logistical challenges.
Training in communication, decision-making, teamwork and following a preplanned strategy is a critical aspect of a successful COVID-19 airway management protocol.
COVID-19 airway management principles
Many medical education and simulation groups are in process of developing and recommending standard airway management practices for the COVID-19 patient group:
- The Center for Medical Simulation (CMS) has shared a one-page overview of the Principles of Airway Management in Coronavirus COVID-19 before, during and after procedures.
- The Medical Journal of Australia has released a consensus statement describing Safe Airway Society principles of airway management and tracheal intubation specific to the COVID-19 adult patient group.
- The European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA) has outlined comprehensive COVID-19 airway management guidelines including team preparation, a clinical checklist and decisional elements for airway management.
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