A total of 24 students recently took part in an intensive two-day Difficult Airway Course on Cowley College’s main campus in Arkansas City. This nationally recognized course gives students didactic and hands-on training.

Students learned the full range of airway management techniques — including use of video laryngoscopes and other advanced imaging devices, extraglottic devices, drug-assisted intubation and cricothyrotomy.

Students also worked with expert faculty who know the unique challenges facing EMS providers, and used proven airway devices in small group sessions. In addition, they practiced decision-making and airway techniques in Code AirwayTM simulations.

Students in the course faced the most challenging patient scenarios in a no-risk environment. Those included elevated ICP, pulmonary edema, cardiogenic shock, status asthmaticus foreign body in the airway, direct airway trauma, multiple trauma with shock, and others.

The course included professionals from Hoisington EMS, Salina Fire Department, Franklin County EMS, Caldwell EMS and William Newton Hospital.

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