Expertise in airway management is something we all aspire to.  Yet the reality is that most emergency airway management at the roadside, in the ED or on the wards is by necessity delivered by non-anaesthetists.  The critically ill patient doesn’t really care about your qualifications or craft group (doctor, nurse, paramedic) – rather they demand that you be ‘expert enough’ to manage a difficult airway.
In this workshop we will focus on a simple stepwise approach to airway management of the critically ill, using the Vortex approach as the mainstay of task-training.
Participants will have a chance to both refresh and add nuance to the skill of bag-mask ventilation, use of a second-generation supraglottic, master epiglottoscopy and understand the nuances of various videolaryngoscopes.  Additional skills will include use of the iGel as a conduit for fiberoptic intubation and hands-on surgical airway skills for the ‘can’t intubate, cannot oxygenate’ scenario.
The Faculty is drawn from true generalists – emergency physicians, rural doctors, experienced nurse educators and paramedics, all focussed on ensuring you are ‘expert enough’ for the challenge of a difficult airway…
Tim Leeuwenburg is a rural & remote doctor on Kangaroo Island, practicing primary care, emergency and anaesthetics.  He is a course Director for ETMcourse & EMST, and faculty for smaccAIRWAY, Critically Ill Airway course etc as well as a founding member of the ’Safe Airway Society’ in Australia/NZ.  He is interested in ensuring emergency clinicians develop a suite of skills to be ‘expert enough’ to deal with the critically ill airway outside of the operating theatre environment.  Read more at