A Learning Installation Built Around Achieving Mastery of the Most Important Skill in Emergency Airway Management
At the foundation of any set of emergency airway skills is the ability to successfully oxygenate your patient. In this installation we try to present all the core concepts, tools, and skills to build that foundation by presenting it within a powerful narrative that gets to the heart of why this skill is at the center of many of the life and death moments in airway care.
A journey to the heart of this installation begins with a story of loss, and how that loss goes on to change the way we think about airway emergencies. We introduce for the first time the concept of a cognitive tool and how it can help us overcome the human factors that play a role in successful airway management. We talk about the twin concepts of “optimization & best effort” and how they allow you to act more decisively.
After laying this conceptual foundation, it’s time to journey on to a series of stations to master each upper airway lifeline (supraglottic airway device, Bag Valve Mask, and Endotracheal tube) before you seek out the coaching stations for some deliberate practice.
All of these concepts and tools need a place for you to test them. In this installation, you will be able to do that within a challenging simulation. In the debrief you will have a chance to assess your strengths and weakness, then travel back within the installation for a review of the areas you identified as needing in little more polish.
The Installation Journey Starts Here
The installation starts with a story. A powerful story of human loss. This is why what we do matters, and it is why we need to master each and every skill presented within this installation.
The Vortex approach is a cognitive tool designed to help you do just that. In a stressful airway situation, it will remind you to prioritize oxygenation, and to rapidly cycle through a series of critical actions to protect your patient from the deadly effects of hypoxia. Learn more here.