How we do it: training in airway management for a head and neck unit

Br J Oral Maxillofac Surg. 2008 Sep;46(6):502-4. doi: 10.1016/j.bjoms.2008.01.007. Epub 2008 Feb 20.


Experience and confidence in the management of the airway is highly variable among junior surgical trainees, who are usually the first on scene when problems arise, particularly out of hours. Juniors must possess the skills required to recognise and institute appropriate management in an airway emergency. We describe a local training programme, an airway equipment trolley, and a protocol for recognition, stabilisation, and management, in case of an airway emergency.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Anesthetics / administration & dosage
  • Clinical Competence
  • Dental Staff, Hospital / education
  • Emergency Medicine / education*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation
  • Laryngoscopes
  • Masks
  • Medical Staff, Hospital / education
  • Nursing Staff, Hospital / education
  • Respiration, Artificial / methods
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / diagnosis
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / surgery
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*
  • Surgery Department, Hospital*
  • Surgery, Oral / education*
  • Tracheostomy / instrumentation


  • Anesthetics