Difficult Airway Algorithm

  • Claim Credits by 7/13/2023
  • Online Activity
Credits Available: CME, Patient Safety

Failed airway management is a major contributor to patient morbidity and mortality, and inadequate planning and judgment contribute to patient harm. This online course will walk you through steps for managing an unanticipated difficult airway to...  Read More +

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Accreditation and Designation Statements: The American Society of Anesthesiologists is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists designates this enduring activity for a maximum of .25 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ program and MOCA® are registered trademarks of The American Board of Anesthesiology®. MOCA 2.0® is a trademark of the American Board of Anesthesiology®.

This activity contributes to the patient safety CME requirement for the CME component of the American Board of Anesthesiology’s (ABA) redesigned Maintenance of Certification in Anesthesiology™ (MOCA®) program, known as MOCA 2.0®. Please consult the ABA website,, for a list of all MOCA 2.0 requirements.
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After successfully completing this activity, the learner will be able to:

  • Conduct a preoperative airway assessment of the patient and be able to identify features of the exam correlated with a possible difficult airway.
  • Identify strategies for airway management in the anatomically difficult airway.
  • Work through steps using the ASA difficult airway algorithm upon encountering an unanticipated difficult airway.
Anesthesiologists, plastic surgeons, thoracic surgeons, urologists
Deborah Schwengel, M.D., MEHP
The American Society of Anesthesiologists remains strongly committed to providing the best available evidence-based clinical information to participants of this educational activity and requires an open disclosure of any potential conflict of interest identified by our faculty members. It is not the intent of the American Society of Anesthesiologists to eliminate all situations of potential conflict of interest, but rather to enable those who are working with the American Society of Anesthesiologists to recognize situations that may be subject to question by others. All disclosed conflicts of interest are reviewed by the educational activity course director/chair to ensure that such situations are properly evaluated and, if necessary, resolved. The American Society of Anesthesiologists educational standards pertaining to conflict of interest are intended to maintain the professional autonomy of the clinical experts inherent in promoting a balanced presentation of science. Through our review process, all American Society of Anesthesiologists activities are ensured of independent, objective, scientifically balanced presentations of information. Disclosure of any or no relationships will be made available for all educational activities.

Disclosures: Jeffrey Green, M.D., MSHA, FASA has disclosed consulting fees (self) and honoraria (self) with Medtronic and honoraria (self) with the American Board of Anesthesiology. Michael Loushin, M.D. has disclosed an equity position (self) and stock options (self) with Preceptis Medical, Inc. Scott Watkins, M.D. has disclosed funded research (self) from Pfizer. All other authors, editors and staff have disclosed no relevant financial relationships with commercial interests.
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Difficult Airway Algorithm
  • Non-member Price: Free