The Difficult Airway Training Day took place on November 26, 2012. This annual program offers CRNA students the opportunity to receive a higher level of advanced airway training. Students revisit the phases they learned in basic airway lessons and build upon them with many types of advanced airways systems, such as King Vision Video laryngoscopes, Stryker videoscopes, Retrograde intubation sets, Intubation LMA and various laryngeal mask airway devices of different manufacturers.
The ultimate goal of the event is to familiarize students with advanced airway devices before they start performing anesthesia on more difficult cases in clinical settings. Paul A. Darr, assistant nurse anesthesia program director, contacts equipment representatives who bring their products to campus. This opportunity allows students to receive hands-on experiences with instruments that will be used upon graduation.
"The event is beneficial for both the students and the equipment representatives," Paul said. "The representatives are very happy to talk with the students about their products. It is a win-win situation as these representatives develop potential business relationships with these future Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists. At the same time, the students get to work with equipment that they might not have had the chance to encounter otherwise."