In the fall of 2013, the CoAEMSP released their Airway Management Recommendation, which states that paramedic students should achieve 50 airway management attempts during their internship. 

To make sure you're getting credit toward a specific Airway Management goal, look for the new Airway Management symbolAirway Management icon throughout the Skills Tracker.

 

There are three ways to enter Airway Management in Skills Tracker:

1. When entering data from a full patient encounter,  you should indicate that you attempted to manage the patient’s airway by checking the “The patient required airway intervention” box.

Airway Management radio select

The three radio buttons will give credit for, respectively: an observed attempt, a successful performed attempt, and an unsuccessful performed attempt.  Any airway skills performed on this patient will be listed alongside the attempt on the Airway Management report.

 

2. When using Quick Added Skills in clinical shifts, the “Airway Management” option is available after selecting an intervention.

The patient required airway intervention

After the box is checked, students can indicate whether the attempt was successful or not.

 

3. In Lab Practice, you'll receive credit for any item entered that is tagged with “Airway Management.” (This must be first added as an option by your instructors through the Skills Tracker settings.)

Lab Practice Airway Management

All default items in the Airway category (Direct Orotracheal Intubation Adult, Direct Orotracheal Intubation Pediatric, Nasotracheal Intubation Adult, Alternative Airway Device Adult, Needle Cricothyrotomy, and CPAP and PEEP) now give credit for Airway Management. These airway interventions will appear in Lab Skills like this:

Direct Orotracheal Intubation Adult

 

Reports

Per the CoAEMSP’s recommendation, a competent paramedic should have at least 50 attempts at airway management by the end of his internship, and he should have been successful in the last 20 attempts. You also need to be able to demonstrate those attempts were achieved with a diversity of patient types and environments.

With the Airway Management goals widget, you can get all of this information in one place. 

  • The bar at the top shows student progress towards the goal for total attempts
  • The Eureka Graph shows the success rate over the last 20 attempts
  • The pie charts show the distribution of attempts, grouped by patient demographics and the different types of patient types (sim, human, cadaver).

Airway Management pie chart

You can locate the "widget" version of this report two different ways:

My Fisdap tab

  1. Go to the MyFisdap page.
  2. Find the Goals widget.
  3. Click the next arrow to navigate to the Airway Management goals widget.

Reports tab

  1. Go to the orange Reports tab.
  2. Click on the link to view New Reports.
  3. Click the Goals tab.
  4. Click the next arrow to navigate to the Airway Management goals widget.

 

You can also find more detailed information about each of the individual attempts on the full Airway Management report, which is located in the All Reports section.

That is a good place to go to adjust which goal set you're looking at, control whether you want to include observed airway management attempts, or set a date range.

 


 

The above information reflects changes Fisdap made in May 2014.  Prior to that, students tracked airway management attempts through a checkbox on the Skills Tracker Patient Care Form that asked the student to indicate if he managed the patient’s airway successfully.

It looked this, under the Patient Assessment section:

This patient required airway intervention...

This change was in effect from August 1, 2013 to May 8, 2014. Students who checked this box during that time will still have that patient count toward their total Airway Management goal.