There are certain types of information for the exam and for practicing Emergency medicine that you simply have to have pre-prepared and ready to roll out at a moments notice.
My airway Template:
Click here for an example of my basic airway template. It starts out with simple manoeuvres and progresses all the way to a complicated procedure such as retrograde needle cricothyroidostomy seldinger intubation.
This serves as my ‘go to’ approach in most situations, a progression from the simple to the extremely complex.
Along with this template, it is important to develop a list of modifiers that you can preplan a change to this standard approach.
Common modifiers include:
neonates and children
chemotherapy / immunocompromised
abnormal neck morphology – acquired or inherited
this is not a comprehensive list
you will need to create an “A4” document for this too!
Other topics that will benefit from A4 documents include:
RSI – standard approach and variations based on modifiers
Resuscitation – standard approach and when to modify
List of modifiers
Transplant patients – list 15 things to modify or watch for
Obesity – may an A3 document
Spinal patients in ED
Chemotherapy patients / HIV positive immune compromise
IV drug users
Good chapters on these challenging patients exist in Rosens but also in UpToDate
Hope this helps – happy studying!!🧐😰