Airway Update

One of our quintessential roles as emergency physicians is managing and securing the emergent airway. This can be a life or death moment for the patient and often gets our own adrenaline pumping – it’s not a procedure we take lightly. Airway management in the ED can be complicated by physical and situational factors (beards, trauma, vomit), resource limitations, and our own emotional state. We sat down with emergency airway expert, Dr. Verena Schandera, to get the latest and greatest on airway management. 

Have you had to manage a particularly difficult airway? Do you have any tips or tricks that have worked for you? Share your experiences with us on social media @empulsepodcast or at


Dr. Sarah Medeiros, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine at UC Davis

Dr. Julia Magaña, Associate Professor of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at UC Davis


Dr. Verena Schandera, Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Co-Director of the Emergency Airway Fellowship at UC Davis


The Difficult Airway Course

Airway Cam

UC Davis Emergency Airway Management Fellowship


Thank you to the UC Davis Department of Emergency Medicine for supporting this podcast and to Orlando Magaña at OM Productions for audio production services.

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