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The Latest in Airway Management During Resuscitation

Andrew McCoy, MD, MS, FAEMS

Nicole Kupchik, MN, RN, CCNS, CCRN, PCCN, CMC

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The fundamentals of cardiac resuscitation include the immediate provision of high-quality cardiopulmonary resuscitation combined with rapid defibrillation. These mainstays of therapy can also include other interventions such as advanced airways and assisted ventilation. In the fall of 2020, the American Heart Association and European Resuscitation Council will introduce new guidelines for resuscitation. It is expected critical issues regarding advanced airways will be addressed. This webinar will reveal the answers to some of these questions: What is in the guidelines to support airway management?  What evidence is there to support changes in practice?  What evidence will drive future guidelines?  Join us for this fun and educational webinar that will touch on many of the hot topics in cutting edge airway management.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this activity, the participant will be able to:

  1. Review the 2020 American Heart Association Guidelines for airway management during resuscitation events

  2. Describe the recently published trials on the latest in airway management

  3. Describe optimal techniques to enhance first pass airway success

  4. Discuss the role of post-arrest review to improve airway management



Andrew McCoy is the first graduate of the University of Washington EMS Fellowship. He is currently Medical Director for American Medical Response Puget Sound Operations, Medical Director for Shoreline Fire Department and Assistant Program Director for the EMS Fellowship at the University of Washington. He practices clinically in the Emergency Department at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA.


Nicole Kupchik has practiced as a critical care nurse for over twenty years. In 2008, Nicole lead a team that implemented a formalized Sepsis program at Harborview Medical Center that led to a reduction in mortality, hospital length of stay and a significant cost avoidance.  For these collaborative efforts, she was awarded three Patient Safety & Clinical Leadership awards.

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