Course Description & Objectives:
The Society for Airway Management (SAM) is comprised of a multidisciplinary group of physicians from Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Otolaryngology, Critical Care, and Pulmonology as well as CRNAs, paramedics and nurses. The 17th SAM Annual Scientific Meeting and Workshop has been developed to feature international experts in the various fields of medicine dealing with airway management. Many aspects of difficult airway management, in a variety of clinical settings, will be highlighted. This course will consist of plenary presentations, small group round table discussions, a Hands-On Workshop including a Patient Simulator session, and Professor Poster Rounds. Audience engagement will be encouraged with question periods and an audience response system. There are Abstract Scientific Exhibit sessions, oral presentations of selected abstracts and opportunities to interact with product developers, manufacturers and distributors.
Some of the themes at this year’s annual meeting include fostering collaboration with other medical specialties to gain new skills in airway management in and outside of the operating room, a critical assessment of airway injuries resulting from battlefield casualties, management of difficult Airways with limited resources, how we can introduce new techniques into our busy practice. We will also explore what we learn through collaboration with other clinical specialties. We anticipate several lively debates and challenging case presentations.
At the conclusion of the conference, the participant will be able to:
1. Describe innovations in pediatric airway management using video laryngoscopy.
2. Describe new research techniques for airway training and the assessment of new equipment.
3. Discuss the uses and differences of various airway devices during different airway scenarios, presented at the hands-on workshop.
4. Discuss the lessons and limitations of working in volunteer medical missions.
5. Understand international perspectives on airway management from renowned speakers.
6. Understand and describe the potential complications of intubation and how to respond to these events.
7. Describe current controversies in airway management.
Target Audience: Anesthesiologists, emergency medicine physicians, otolaryngologists, intensivists, trauma surgeons, paramedics, certified nurse anesthetists, flight nurses and all other allied health professionals assisting with airway management should attend.