EAST - Eastern Airway Skills Training

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Course information

Date: 20 September 2017

Location: Postgraduate Medical Institute, Michael Salmon Building, Anglia Ruskin University, Bishop Hall Lane, Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1SQ

Cost: HEEoE Anaesthetic/ICM ST3/4 trainees are fully funded to attend EAST. A limited number of places are available. Please contact tracey.cadenhead@qehkl.nhs.uk for more details.

All other doctors: £120. To book please visit the Anglia Ruskin Online Store

Nurses/ODPs: £120. Funded places may be available via your trust. Please contact pmievents@anglia.ac.uk for more details.


EAST is a one-day programme suitable for anaesthetic trainees and speciality doctors, emergency medicine doctors, and operating department practitioners. Also suitable for consultants wishing to refresh their skills and knowledge. It encompasses all areas of airway management with an emphasis on small group workshops and interactive lectures. The number of places is limited to 16 to allow plenty of time for practical skills.

Workshop sessions:

  • fibreoptics - mechanics of practical techniques
  • the surgical airway - cricothyroidotomy, percutaneous tracheostomy
  • failed intubation - failed intubation drills and scenarios using simman
  • supraglottic devices - iLMA, LMA and other devices

Lecture/discussion sessions:

  • airway assessment and management of expected difficult airway
  • Difficult Airway Society guidelines on unexpected difficult airway
  • management of awake fibreoptic intubation
  • extubation issues

We have support from several companies providing a range of fibreoptic scopes, videolaryngoscopes and other airway equipment for use during the course.

The EAST course is facilitated by consultant anaesthetists from Mid Essex Hospital Services, NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital, NHS Foundation Trust.

The EAST course assumes basic airway skills and so anaesthetists should have a minimum of 3 months anaesthetic experience before attending the course please.

Delegate feedback

''Topics covered were excellent. Better that RCOA airway day as much more hands on.''

''Excellent course. Good to become familiar with difficult airway devices and fibrescopes and to talk through scenarios.''

"'I think for a single day you've got just the right balance - I think the extubation session was very good as this is when I've seen most problems.''

''I really enjoyed the course - the faculty was brilliant - thanks a lot!''

''Excellent technology - brilliant scenarios complete with monitors.''


EAST is approved by the Royal College of Anaesthetists for five CPD credits

Contact details and travel information

PMI Events Team
E-mail: pmievents@anglia.ac.uk
Tel: 01245 684150

For travel information please see Travelling to our Chelmsford campus.