Advanced Airway Management for Nurses

Advanced airway management is an essential skill for health care providers caring for injured or critically ill patients. Rapid sequence induction (RSI) is the most frequently-used and successful means of intubating the trachea. This course will teach a wide range of skills imperative for successful patient outcomes, including airway anatomy and physiology, basic airway techniques, basic airway devices, normal and abnormal respiratory patterns, indications and procedures for intubation, monitoring equipment, and indications, procedures, and medications used in rapid sequence intubation. Knowledge and competence in advanced airway management is of the highest importance in patient care; in fact, it saves lives every day!

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Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  1. Identify the structures of the upper and lower airways
  2. List complications of the upper and lower airways
  3. Identify diseases and conditions that affect ventilation
  4. Name signs of respiratory distress
  5. Describe basic airway techniques
  6. Describe basic airway devices and techniques to utilize them
  7. Identify normal and abnormal respiratory patterns
  8. Describe how to assess an airway
  9. Describe indications and procedures for intubation
  10. Identify proper monitoring equipment for intubated patients
  11. Describe indications, procedures, and medications for Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI)


Chapter 1: Basic Airway Management

  • Introduction
  • Structures of the Upper and Lower Airways
  • Complications of the Upper and Lower Airways
  • Diseases and Conditions that Affect Ventilation
  • Signs and Symptoms of Respiratory Distress
  • Ventilating the Patient - Basic Techniques
  • Basic Airway Devices and Their Use
  • Identifying Normal and Abnormal Respiratory Patterns
Chapter 2: Difficult Airway
  • Assessing an Airway
  • Predictors and Conditions Causing Difficult Airways
  • Indicators and Procedures for Intubation
  • Monitoring Equipment for the Intubated Patient
  • Indicators and Procedures for Use of a Combitube
  • Use of a Laryngeal Mask Airway
  • Use of a Nasotracheal Tube
  • Use of an Endotracheal Tube
  • Choosing a Laryngoscope Blade
Chapter 3: Rapid Sequence Induction
  • Airway Management Goals in RSI
  • Indications and Preparation for RSI
  • Procedures for RSI
  • Medications Used for RSI
  • Confirmation of Endotracheal Tube Placement
  • Use of End-Tidal CO2 Detectors
  • California Bill 241
  • Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • What is Implicit Bias?
  • Implications of Implicit Bias in Healthcare
  • How to Reduce Implicit Bias

Price: $15.00

Contact Hours: 1.5

Course Author

Kevin Stansbury

Kevin Stansbury, MBA, BSN, BS, RN, CEN, VA-BC, is a Registered Nurse with over 25 years’ experience in the medical field including critical care, emergency medicine, and infusion therapy. He is currently living and working in the Central Valley of California. Kevin is a 13-year veteran of the U.S. Army where he served as a combat medic and nurse. He received several military decorations during his tours in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, including an Army Achievement Medal, an Army Commendation Medal, and the Kuwaiti Liberation Medal. Kevin also received his Expert Field Medical Badge while serving two tours in Korea.

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