If your patient can't breathe - Nothing Else Matters!!!



If your patient can't breathe, nothing else matters!

2014 Pedi-Adult Airway Mgmt Courses
July 26 & 27; September 27 & 28; November 15 & 16.
All practitioners and providers of airway management are invited to attend.  There is significant clinical overlap in airway management. EMS and other providers will benefit tremendously from these courses.

Continuing Education Policy

Currently continuing education credits (CEs and CMEs) are provided only by the following entities:

  1. American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA)
  2. Air and Surface Transport Nurses Association (ASTNA)
  3. Texas Department of State Health Services
We are approved for 20 CEs from
the Texas Department of Health, AANA and ASTNA.
San Antonio, TX @ Norris Conference Center  
7/26-27; Sept 27-28; Nov 15-16

More than 100 SLAM Airway conferences since 1999 and still counting. . . . .Education is the Key - Breathing is the Answer!


SLAM has trained thousands of practitioners from across the spectrum of healthcare over the past 15 years. We have presented over 100 conferences since 1999.  We teach peer-reviewed strategies for resolving the difficult airway and improving outcome.  

The ASA Closed Claims Liability Study revealed that 85% of airway injuries resulted in death or brain death. The cost of each averaged $400,000 with a maximal cost of $5.4 million.  SLAM seeks to to decrease personal and institutional liability by teaching safe and effective airway management principles and techniques.  Attend SLAM and learn how to prevent and overcome potentially deadly airway complications.

Both our one and two-day workshop features cutting-edge management strategies for routine, emergency or difficult airway management and includes hands-on training with state-of-the art equipment.  Our pediatric and adult courses are taught by experts in the field of airway management who are focused on education & training, clinical competency and patient safety.  All of our courses include AANA CE credits as well as AMA Cat I CMEs.  

  • To register for any course by mail, fax or online using check, credit card or PayPal please click on the "Course Registration" link.
  • For detailed information on our courses click on the "Course" link.  
  • Download and print any course brochure on the Course Brochure page.  
  • For detailed information on lodging options and special pricing click on the "Course Lodging" link.
  • For detailed information on our course locations in McAllen, TX and San Antonio, TX click on the "Course Locations" link.
  • For detailed information on CE and CME information click on "Course CME/CE" link.
  • For detailed information on our faculty click on the "Faculty" link.
  • For a list of previous Courses click on the "Previous Courses" link.
  • For information on our privacy, cancellation and refund policy please visit the "about us" page.
  • It is best to register online with a credit card or by PayPal.  

We look forward to seeing you soon at one of our courses.

James (Jim) M. Rich, CRNA

Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Army (retired)

Director, SLAM Airway Training Institute

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We are approved for CEs from AANA; ASTNA; and
Texas Department of Health for EMS.


  • SLAM 1-Day Course on Pediatric Airway Management is held on Saturdays.
    • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029454 - 10 CEs
  • SLAM 1-Day Course on Adult Airway Management is held on Sundays.
    • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029455 - 10 CEs

    • SLAM 2-Day Course on Pediatric & Adult Airway Management is on Saturdays & Sundays.
      • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029453 - 20 CEs

    Course Dates, Locations and Lodging

    San Antonio, TX
    2014 Courses:
    July 26 & 27; September 27 & 28; November 15 & 16  
    0730  - 1730
    Norris Conference Center - 4522 Fredericksburg Road, A-100, San Antonio, Texas 78201. Lodging available next door at: Springhill Suites Medical Center NW - by Marriott 3636 NW Loop 410, 78201 (210) 737-6086

    Course Pricing

    We have lowered our pricing to enable all levels of providers to attend.  We look forward to seeing you at a SLAM Conference very soon.  Our revised pricing is listed below, just above the registration area.  Additionally, you can like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SLAMAirwayTrainingInstitute for an additional discount.

    Here are the new rates:

    1-day PEDI workshop and 1-day Adult workshop:
    • SRNA/Resident/Student - $150

    • EMS/RN/RT/AT - $200

    • CRNA/PA/MD/DO - $300

    2-day Pedi and Adult workshop:
    • SRNA/Resident/Student - $250

    • EMS/RN/RT/AT - $350

    • CRNA/PA/MD/DO - $500
    SLAM Airway On Demand Course - (we come to you):  call or email for pricing using the information on the "contact us" page.

    Our Conferences

    Our courses offer comprehensive lectures along with hands-on training.

    View our courses to register today!


    Our Mission

    Our MissionTo promote the public health and well being by teaching safe and effective airway management techniques for prehospital and hospital based healthcare practitioners.

    To assist the healthcare community and others through programs of airway management education and training.

    To encourage the highest standards of airway management in personnel and equipment.

    To participate in the future direction of emergency and difficult airway management by promoting and encouraging education and life long learning.

    Our Resources


    SLAM Text BookSLAM FlowchartPeer-Reviewed Articles

    Breathing is the KEY - Education is the ANSWER!

    • Oxygenation, ventilation intubation
    • Decision making in airway management
    • Airway anatomy & assessment
    • Special techniques to overcome airway difficulty
    • Bougie-assisted intubation
    • Rescue ventilation using supgralottic airway devices
    • Videolaryngoscopy and use of fiberoptic stylets
    • Managing the traumatized airway
    • Pediatric airway management
    • Airway pharmacology
    • Burns and inhalation injury
    • Cervical spine injured patient
    • Legal implications of airway management
    • Confirmation of tracheal intubation & monitoring of lung ventilation
    • Comprehensive strategies for airway management

    SLAM Flowchart

    The SLAM Emergency & Difficult Airway Flowchart -
    A 21st Century Guideline for Airway Practitioners

    • Demystifying the difficult airway
    • Airway assessment
    • The crash airway
    • Resolving a failed intubation
    • Rapid Sequence Pathway
    • Difficult Intubation Pathway
    • Oxygenation-Ventilation Pathway
    • Rescue Ventilation Pathway
    • Cricothyrotomy Pathway

    Winner of the 2003 Best Exhibit for Clinical Application at the 57th Post Graduate Assembly of the New York State Society of Anesthesiologists.

    AANA J. 2009 Oct;77(5):339-42.
    Rescue ventilation: resolving a "cannot mask ventilate, cannot intubate" situation during exchange of a Combitube for a definitive airway.

    Our anesthesia care team was called to care for a patient who was admitted to the emergency department with the esophageal-tracheal double-lumen airway device (Combitube, Tyco Healthcare, Nellcor, Pleasanton, California) in place, which needed to be exchanged for a definitive airway because the patient required an extended period of mechanical ventilation.

    Several techniques were attempted to exchange the esophageal-tracheal Combitube (ETC) without success.

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