Airway Management

Goals and Objectives


  • Resident will be comfortable with basic airway evaluation and common interventions
  • Resident will be comfortable managing patients requiring rapid sequence intubation


Resident will be able to:

  • List, recognize, and describe common airway equipment
    • Oxygen delivery equipment
    • Intubation equipment
    • Airway adjuncts
  • Recognize and describe basic airway anatomy
  • Define and explain the mnemonics LEMON, MOANS, and RODS
  • List and explain indications for intubation
  • Define rapid sequence intubation
  • List and describe airway management equipment necessary for rapid sequence intubation
    • Suction
    • Oxygen delivery (including BVM)
    • Airways (adjunct and definitive)
    • Laryngoscopes (direct and video)
    • Monitoring equipment (including EtCO2)
  • List and describe the steps of rapid sequence intubation
    • Planning
    • Preparation (equipment, drugs, staff)
    • Pre-oxygenation
    • Positioning
    • Pretreatment
    • Paralysis (with sedation)
    • Placement
    • Proof of placement
    • Post-intubation Management
  • List and describe the medications used for rapid sequence intubation
    • Sedatives
    • Paralytics
    • Adjuncts
  • Identify and explain how to identify an endotracheal versus esophageal intubation
  • Describe the basic steps of direct and video laryngoscopy
  • List and describe common scenarios that complicate rapid sequence intubation
    • Trauma (including c-spine precautions, elevated ICP)
    • Hypotension
    • Hypoxia
    • Hypercarbia
    • Metabolic acidosis
  • Discuss the indications and how to perform transtracheal jet ventilation
Page Author: Eric Shappell
Page Created: July 20, 2014
Peer Reviewer: Mike Gottlieb
Peer Review Date: August 7, 2016
Last Modified: December 4, 2017