Ultrasound-Guided Identification of the Cricothyroid Membrane

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Class A Credits: 0.5

Format: Video

Run time: 12 mins

Course Launch Date: 1/17/20

Course Expires: 1/16/23

This comprehensive, state-of-the-art presentation will provide CRNAs with the best knowledge, and solid technical skills for effectively managing anticipated and unanticipated difficult airway in the operating room, emergency department, intensive care unit, and in diverse clinical situations. Preoperative airway assessment should be performed routinely and airway management is safest when potential problems are identified before surgery, enabling strategies at reducing the risk of complications. This presentation will focus on both the static and dynamic approaches to US guided emergency percutaneous needle cricothyroidotomy. Preoperative assessment and planning utilizing US in the predicted difficulty airway offer an alternative in airway management to improve patient outcomes. In addition to presenting the ultrasound guided approaches, the evidence will be presenting supporting both the static and dynamic techniques.


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A minimum passing score of 80% is required to pass this course. You have TWO opportunities to achieve a passing score. If you fail to achieve a passing score of 80%, you will not receive CE credit for this course.

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  • Identify effective approaches and strategies for preparing for and managing the difficult airway, utilizing ultrasound techniques per latest evidence-based data.
  • Identify improved crisis resources management (CRM) skills for difficult airway situations in practice.
  • Identify skills for alternative ventilation strategies using an emergency percutaneous needle cricothyroidotomy for rescue ventilation.

Shayne D. Hauglum, PhD, CRNA, APRN

Assistant Professor of Clinical, Nurse Anesthesia Program, University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies

Shayne D. Hauglum, PhD, CRNA is an Assistant Professor of Clinical at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Hauglum, was one of the principle founding partners of an anesthesia practice and interventional pain clinic in northern New Hampshire until his departure in 2012. Following this, he attended the University of Miami and obtained his PhD degree in Nursing. Dr. Hauglum current research projects include the use of an innovative needle tracking for enhancing student performed ultrasound guided procedures and the use of ultrasound technology in both patient assessment/management and procedural performance.


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