Welcome to the first edition of the “EMS Airway Clinic.” I’m Charlie Eisele, your host, guide and pathfinder through the world of prehospital airway medicine. We created this site to do one thing: provide patients with the best care possible. We’ll do just that by targeting the folks who directly impact patient care: educators, medical directors, and street level, mud on your boots, stretcher carrying EMS providers. It doesn’t matter your level of training or how many letters you have after your name, you will leave this site with stuff you can put to use immediately.
When the title came across my desk, I just had to ask, “What the heck is an airway clinic?” Prince.edu gave me a couple of answers:
- A medical establishment run by a group of medical specialists;
- A meeting for diagnosis of problems and instruction or remedial work in a particular activity;
- A health-care facility for outpatient care; and
- A musical clinic is an informal meeting with a guest musician, where a small-to-medium sized audience questions the musician’s styles and techniques and also how to improve their own skill.
I immediately threw out the first and third. Number two has merit, but I really like number four. EMS Airway Clinic is an informal meeting with guests to provide a variety of styles and techniques to improve our skills.
Here you’ll see articles, videos, podcasts and a variety of other vehicles to share best practices in airway management. I really like case studies. They’re a great way to gain experience without having to make mistakes yourself. Sometimes, you just want to know how something works, so there will be “how to” items. We will provide timely news stories that impact EMS airway management and previously published articles to download, and we’ll keep you up-to-date on relevant studies and journal articles.
Here’s a preview of upcoming topics:
- The Glottis Is Not Your Friend
- Quotes from My Airway Heroes
- Video Interview with Dr. Jack Pacey
- Roadmap to the Larynx
- Sun Tzu: The Art of Airway Management
My vision is that this site be reader driven, so tell me what you want. What topics interest you? What tools and techniques have you found successful? I know you’ve got case studies and war stories; let’s hear them.
I’m a huge fan of professional, open discussions, so expect me to weigh in on controversial topics. Say, something like “should we intubate?”