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.  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.  

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Our Conferences

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

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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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