Airway Management

TFC 005: 5 Lessons Learned From My First Surgical Airway

TFC 005: 5 Lessons Learned From My First Surgical Airway

Very few paramedics have ever actually performed a surgical airway on a patient.  In the past 15 years I've met only a handful of paramedics who have. I've actually met more providers who told me stories about patients they say they should have cric'ed, but didn’t, either because they were uncomfortable with the procedure, or they feared backlash from their peers and managers.

In this post I'll share with you my experience with my first surgical airway: what went right, what went wrong, and how I feel the term "Failed Airway" is killing our patients.