Now that we’ve wrapped up the AIME instructor school, it’s time for the insidious part of the course to kick in.
As I go over the slide set and think about my wording, the best way to simplify a concept for our learners, I start thinking about all the new ways of looking at the related problems of ventilation and oxygenation in sick patients.
AIME uses the new paradigm of the Airway Vortex (more to follow on that, I’m sure) to look at the problems, and is almost infinitely scalable to all levels of providers. One of the great things about AIME is that it has everyone from EMR to Anaesthesia speaking the same language. When I tell the Emergency Physician In Charge (EPIC) that I’ve got a failed airway, she knows exactly what I mean, because she knows what the definition is (SPO2 <90% despite maximal efforts) and she knows what’s in my tool box (a fair amount, including NODESAT, PEEP, CPAP, and some other acronyms, too).