Airway Management Training

For the past week, Devon, Ian and I have been in the classroom.  Well, okay, Ian’s been in there for a heck of a lot longer as a member of the design team. Devon and I joined him this week after attending an early pilot of the course.  We’ve been in there working on a new BCAS course offering, AIME 2 for BLS.

There are few topics in EMS education that excite me like airway management.  It is so fundamental to what we do as health care professionals, but beyond the “look, listen, feel” we all learned in our first CPR course, it’s rarely touched on except to give us new pieces of plastic as we ascend the skill and license ladder.  We spend hours working on BC, we sometimes forget the A.

AIME is one of those courses that fundamentally changes how you practice prehospital care.  It twists your viewpoint around and shows you what you could, and must, do better.  It puts a mirror on years of ingrained practice and asks “is that the best you could do for that patient?” over and over. And it’s kind of uncomfortable.  It’s that perfect kind of uncomfortable that makes you perform at your best.

The AIME instructor selection process is brutal.  It is draining, it is soul crushing at times.  You bring all of your EMS and educational skills to the table and you have them picked apart by true experts.  Think you know how to run a skill station? Let’s see what the PhD education expert has to say.  Think you know prehospital airway care? Let’s see what the expert EMS physician thinks about that.  And if you think you know the course content? We’ve got a guy for that too.  It is grueling.  At the end of the day, though, you walk out far more confident in your skills, both as an educator and as a provider.