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


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


SLAM has trained thousands of practitioners from across the spectrum of healthcare 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.  

For detailed information on our courses click on the "Course Brochure" link.  Download and print any course brochure on the Course Brochure page.  It is best to register online with a credit card or by PayPal.  However, if you prefer to pay by check you may download the appropriate course registration form on the "Course Brochure Page" or the "Registration Page."  You may fax the registration and send the check by mail (check needs to be received within 5 days of registering to hold your seat). Registration is confirmed by email so please write clearly.  Your professional number is used for CE and CME processing so write your number clearly.  Additionally, It is important that you clearly denote your professional status. Please visit the "About Us" page for our privacy, refund and cancellation  policy.

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

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  • 1-Day Anesthesia Provider Course on Pediatric Airway Management is held on Saturdays.
    • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029454 - 10 CEs
    • Approved for AMA Cat I PRA - 10 CMEs
  • 1-Day Anesthesia Provider Course on Adult Airway Management is held on Sundays.
    • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029455 - 10 CEs
    • Approved for AMA Cat I PRA - 10 CMEs

    • Anesthesia Provider Course on Pediatric & Adult Airway Management is on Saturdays & Sundays.
      • AANA Prior Approval Code No. 1029453 - 20 CEs
      • Approved for AMA Cat I PRA - 20 CMEs

    Course Dates & Locations

    McAllen, TX
    June 14 & 15, 2014 from 0730 to 1730
    Wingate by Wyndham Airport Hotel, 1500 Wichita Ave., McAllen, TX 78503. Directly across the street from the McAllen Airport. Hotel phone Number: (956) 632-2000

    San Antonio, TX
    2014 Courses:
    July 26 & 27; August 16 & 17; September 27 & 28; October 25 & 26; 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

    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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