Airway Groups

This page is a listing of Global Airway Societies, Interest Groups, Training Programs and Advanced Airway Management Fellowships

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Airway Society Kochi (ASK)

Airway Society Kochi (ASK) was formed in August 2016 with the aim of holding conferences, seminars and workshops periodically to enhance the knowledge and skills of members and like minded medical personnel in the science and art of human airway management.

We have successfully conducted two Advanced Airway Management Conferences (DAS Verified) during the last two years and both were highly appreciated by delegates and faculty alike. Kochi Airway workshop and conference has become the most sought after Airway management course in this part of India.

Our next programme (KAAMCON 2020) is on 18th & 19th January 2020 at IMA House Kochi and preparations are in full swing with many eminent national and international faculty confirming participation.

Airway Management Foundation (AMF), India

The Airway Management Foundation (AMF) originates from the seed sown back in 2003 and nurtured through a free and two-way exchange between experts and participants on regular basis. It now has a large pool of Airway Instructors who ensure uniformity of approach to understanding and sharing of information and skills. AMF aims to make the study of Airway Management Interesting, user friendly and uniform and to spread the belief that- ‘Nothing is Difficult Once You Have Learned How to Do It!’

Canadian Airway Focus Group (CAFG)

The Canadian Airway Focus Group (CAFG) is comprised of a group of 15 airway enthusiasts. Originally brought together in the late 1990s by Dr. Edward Crosby, he and the group published a highly-cited 1998 article “The unanticipated difficult airway with recommendations for management” in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. With some of the original members and some new ones, the CAFG convened for a second time in 2011 to examine the interval literature and update the guidelines. This resulted in dual guideline publications in 2013, also in the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. One article made recommendations for difficulty encountered in the unconscious patient and the other helps guide clinician decision-making when faced with a patient with an anticipated difficult airway. Currently, another guideline update is underway by a third iteration of the CAFG. Our hope is for submission of the manuscripts in early 2020, again to the Canadian Journal of Anesthesia. Thereafter, we plan to shift the Group’s focus to fostering a cross-country network of clinicians interested in airway management research.

ATAM – Advanced Techniques for Airway Management

Innovative course designed mainly for medical professionals that need to manage and control patients’ airway.
Three days course, completely hands-on, where participants are able to get expertise in managing airway devices and its application in the difficult airway algorithms. The course includes training in simulators and animal models as well as development of non-technical skills in high fidelity simulation scenarios. It allows participants to increase knowledge and skills in fibroscopy, FONA and airway ultrasound. The translation for the clinics is done at the Operating Theatre of a referential Hospital.
The course is endorsed by EAMS and certified by EACCME with 24 credits.

Centro de Treinamento em Vias Aéreas – CTVA

The airway training center was created in 2007 by three anesthesiologist (Dr. Maurício do Amaral Neto, Dr. Maurício Luíz Malito and Dr. Daniel Perin) to spread the knowledge of airway management acquired with Dr. Andranik Ovassapian at University of Chicago.

We are a private teaching company which have regular courses in São Paulo/Brazil. The program contains lectures, manikin training, low and high fidelity simulation and behavioral simulation. The teaching team consist of 26 instructors from different specialties. We have already trained more than one thousand doctors: anesthesiologists, intensivists, emergency physicians, surgeons and clinicians). We also have mobile courses made in different cities of Brazil. This is very important because Brazil is a continental country and the good airway management need to reach everywhere.

Finally, we are proud to say that our events are approved by the Society for Airway Management – SAM since 2017.

Combined Airway/ORL Advanced Fellowship

The Department of Anesthesiology ensures the future of quality care through a rich educational program aimed at medical students, residents and colleagues at Montefiore Medical Center

A multi disciplinary fellowship focusing on challenging airway management with subspecialty rotations through otorhinolaryngology, oromaxillofacial surgery, bariatrics, A multi disciplinary fellowship focusing on challenging airway management with subspecialty rotations through otorhinolaryngology, oromaxillofacial surgery, bariatrics, invasive pulmonology, peds bronchoscopy, ambulatory, and CT surgery .A research month is incorporated into the fellowship, and a fellows college giving valuable information to the fellow as he transitions into becoming an attending.


The EVA LA CLASA Group is an academic and educational chapter from the CLASA (Confederation of Latin American Societies).  This group was conformed in Panama in 2011.

The main goal of the group is disseminating scientific information, up to date knowledge and promote evidence based studies as an essential way for meeting international standards and improve patient care and safety. The course profile contains a full array of procedural techniques, teaching methodologies and presentation of different devices available.
EVA LA CLASA trainig includes Plenary Sessions, Roundtable Discussions, Clinical Scenarios and Simulation Workshops as well as hands-on workshops in Fiberoptics, Videolaringoscopy, supraglottic devices, point-of-care ultrasound, front of neck access and many other skills necessary to manage the challenge of the difficult airway

EVA LA CLASA have trained more than 5000 professionals and a long path have been walked since the first Training Course in 2012.
We have been growing, maturing and today we walk with the certainty that our seed of restlessness traying always to excel is blooming in the hearts of new generations and professionals to come, in order to fulfill the main expectation, to make better practitioners and keep our patients happy and safe.


Clinical Airway Skill Training In Emergency Room (castER) Malaysia

Clinical Airway Skill Training In Emergency Room (castER) was founded on July 4, 2017. The inaugural programme was conducted in University Malaya Medical Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The first castER committee team consists of 10 members who are Attending, Emergency Physicians and Post-Graduate Year 1 to Year 4 residents in Emergency Medicine. Our mission is to provide emergency medical personnels with current knowledge, understanding and confidence in managing emergency/ critical airway in a triumphant manner. Moreover, updating the core skills, tips and tricks, that are required when challenging airways are encountered. castER also serves as a platform and networking hub for nations, organizations and individuals, among the airway enthusiasts. We sincerely hope this mannequin airway course will not only benefit the emergency room doctors, but also the paramedics and staff nurses; as well as those in the fields of Critical Care & Anesthesiology. Hence to improve emergency and advanced airway management education, simulation, training, and for the promotion of better patients’ outcomes.


FIDIVA is the name of a group of people interested in the development of learning on airway management with more than 25 years teaching in Spain and South America. The group was born following Dr. Valentín Madrid, a pioneer in the current concept of airway management. Main activities from FIDIVA are organizing general and specific courses, a Train the Trainer course and a Fellowship Degree course, all them focused on airway management and directed to staff members and trainees from Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Emergencies. The members of FIDIVA are experienced and accredited professionals in both, airway management and teaching and come together with renowned international speakers to conduct quality teaching on airway management.

FLAVA (Fondation Latine des Voies Aériennes)

FLAVA (Fondation Latine des Voies Aériennes) is a Swiss nonprofit foundation established in 2010 to promote safe airway management.
It was initiated by four Swiss airway enthusiast anaesthetists representing the French and Italian speaking part of Switzerland (The “Latins”). In 2018, a fifth member joined the airway team.
Every year, the FLAVA organizes national difficult airway courses in Switzerland and their instructors are regularly involved in international airway initiatives. The Foundation actively supports airway research related projects and education, which have led to numerous scientific publications and new airway device developments.
In 2011, the FLAVA was acknowledged by the Swiss Society of Anesthesia and Resuscitation as a leading group of experts and tasked to develop new strategies and guidelines for safe and innovative airway management in Switzerland. In 2017, the FLAVA courses were endorsed by the EAMS and in 2018 by the DAS.
In 2019, the FLAVA is proud to be associated with the WAMM initiative and is happy to explore further collaborations around the world”.

Combined Airway/ORL Advanced Fellowship

It has been one year since the establishment of Kosovo Airway Management Society (KAMS) reaching 263 participants on its first year as a medical specialist society formed to contribute to the management of the airway of patients by anesthesiologists, critical care and emergency care practitioners and doctors from other specialties interested in airway management. During this year, we organized 3 airway workshops (the third will be held in the upcoming month in October) and joined as a country member in EAMS Council.
KAMS is a growing non-profit society aiming to disseminate and promote the exchange of information in airway management. The KAMS aims the continuous and modern education and promotion of airway management in our country, close collaboration with all airway societies and colleagues with interest in airway management.

Korean Society for Airway Management (KSAM)

We started to make Korean Society for Airway Management (KSAM) at September 2018. This is the first group regarding airway management, which is operated by anesthesiologists in South Korea. The goal of our group is to share, teach, and progress knowledge with skills on airway management.  We have made several small meetings and one big conference this year.  We will continue to make efforts to contribute to the improvement of airway management and the safety of patients.
In addition, we hope to exchange with overseas airway groups to acquire various knowledge from experts around the world.

Gruppo di Studio SIAARTI Gestione Vie Aeree

The SIAARTI Difficult Airway Management study group was born in 1998 from the intuition, the body of research and the devotion of Giulio Frova. It was first born as a bunch of airway enthusiasts and it is now grouping more than 140 participants from all Italy. The group is working on airway guidelines, with publication in 1998 and 2005 of adult guidelines set, pediatric in 2006, one lung ventilation in 2009 and obese patient consensus in 2016. The group members are involved in online and residential courses, including the Train the Trainer courses and advanced skills courses using simulation for development of non-technical skills. A large body of clinical research results from the national activity of the recently renamed “SIAARTI Airway Management Research Group” which is also participating in active interaction with many national and international institutions, being represented in WAAM, ESA, EAMS, DAS and many other international scientific societies.

Saudi Arabian Difficult Airway Society ( SADAS )

In Dublin that was presentation of KFSH and RC, Riyadh Saudi Arabia as the first chapter of SAM, USA since 2013. We have been organising International Difficult Airway Management (IDAM ) in collaboration with SAM and representation from SAM attended as International Speaker every year.

Meanwhile Saudi Arabian Difficult Airway Society ( SADAS ) is active with myself as Founding President of SADAS. We are involved in teaching and training colleagues involved as airway management practitioners, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapist and Paramedic staff. We have also been conducting workshops in peripheral hospitals and organising two days airway conference in other big city. I am also involved in oral and posterprentation in different parts of the world promoting, “Awake Management Of Difficult Airway Under Topical Anaesthesia Only Without Sedation” has gained acceptance in minimizing deaths and morbidities. I am presenting poster in upcoming WAMM in Amsterdam titled, ” Shahid-Scholten Modified Handgrip for Bag- Mask Ventilation” and our other colleague will be presenting a poster on Awake management of a child with dysmorphic face. Article in Summer Gazzette SAM and a recent publication Sand Script are attached for your information.

We will be presenting Teaching videos, Posters, Simplified Algorithm upcoming conference IDAM 2020 banners and other helpful information like WAMM held in Dublin.

Global Tracheostomy Collaborative

International not-for-profit Quality Improvement Collaborative with the simple goal of improving tracheostomy care everywhere. Over 60 member hospitals, primarily in North America, Europe (mostly the UK) and Australasia. The GTC works together to share resources and know how to rapidly improve care. Improvements are tracked and benchmarked using a bespoke patient-level database. The database now has over 6,000 entries and reports describing the impact of membership on safety, quality and duration of care are emerging.

National Tracheostomy Safety Project

UK based airway group focussing on improving the quality and safety of care for patients with tracheostomies and their families. The NTSP operates principally by providing educational resources for staff, but also for patients and families. The NTSP has produced collaborative guidelines for routine and emergency care, textbooks, video resources and contributed to national and international airway projects. Our most recent social media educational campaign achieved over 1.1 million views. The NTSP is a registered charity based in the UK.

Wexham Airway Group

The Wexham Airway Group is based at Wexham Park Hospital in Slough and has been running difficult airway workshops since 2003. It was set up by Dr Jairaj Rangasami, past President of DAS (2013-2015). We have a loyal and very experienced faculty and have also run workshops in Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia, India, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Thailand.

International Airway Management Society (IAMS)

International Airway Management Society (IAMS, is a non-profit academic organization founded by more than 50 individuals from 12 countries and regions and registered in the United States in 2016. The current president of IAMS is Prof. Huafeng Wei from USA with other board directors from China, Japan, India, Germany and Ireland. IAMS aims at promoting education, training and research in the airway management and improvement of patient safety, especially in Asia countries and regions. IAMS organize annual meeting, awards and competition related to airway management in collaboration and coordination with other international academic organizations or institutions.

Airway Management Academy

The Airway Management Academy was founded in 2013
The aim of the Airway Management Academy is to increase global patient safety during airway management. We organise non-profit basic and advanced training courses for medical and paramedical professionals involved in routine and emergency airway management procedures. The Airway Management Academy can provide training for all levels of expertise for health care professionals treating patients in the operating room, intensive care unit, emergency department, ambulance, air medical environment or prehospital. We work together with junior faculty. Most courses are in Dutch or English. Courses in German will be given on request. In close collaboration with experienced inspiring educators from Amsterdam The Netherlands, Bern Switzerland and Doha Qatar and other international institutions airway management skills can be practiced in state-of-the art training facilities. Individual and small group lessons are available on request.

Western Australian Airway Group (WAAG)

WAAG is an Australian, multi-disciplinary airway group focused on difficult airway management and training. Our aim is to bring together multiple critical care and surgical specialists to learn from each other and share ideas in difficult airway management. The annual Bali scientific conference attracts delegates from all over Australia and New Zealand, and from diverse specialties such as Anaesthesia, Intensive Care, Emergency Medicine, Retrieval, ENT and Oral Maxillofacial surgery. Practical workshops include the “Can’t intubate, Can’t oxygenate (CICO)” scenario based on the work of Dr Andrew Heard, Nasendoscopy, Videolaryngoscopy, Fibreoptic intubation, Radiology interpretation of difficult airways and emergency management of Anaphylaxis. The WAAG Bali conference has evolved into a truly international conference with world renowned speakers from UK, USA, Canada, Singapore, NZ as well as from across Australia. Our social and partner program will ensure fun is had by the whole family. August 2020 Bali

The Awake Airway Management Group

The Awake Airway Management group is a new interest group based in Brighton, UK. We experiment enthusiastically with novel methods of airway management, in particular awake tracheal intubation. Patient safety and ethical validity form the foundation on which we hope to grow new ideas in this exciting and interesting area. Accordingly, we use the image of a bunch of spring onions to symbolise fresh thinking. Our aim is to generate and develop better ways to secure airways without losing the protective shield of consciousness.

UCLH Airway Group – Education 

Multidisciplinary opportunities, hands-on experience

University College London Hospitals hosts the UCLH Head and Neck Centre, providing world class diagnosis and treatment of diseases of the face, mouth, jaws, ear, nose, and throat. Care is delivered by a varied, integrated and comprehensive multi-disciplinary team bringing together clinicians from many specialities including, Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT), Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Head and Neck Oncology services, as well as specialist nursing, anaesthetic and rehabilitation services. The Royal National Ear Nose and Throat Hospital (RNTNE) is a specialist hospital. A range of multidisciplinary educational opportunities are on offer:

#AirwayHub – a pan-London monthly educational meeting in safe airway management.

#AirwayHub provides of well-executed regular teaching and training in an inclusive multidisciplinary arena allowing for reflection and discussion, with a special focus on clinical skills, teamwork and communication. Sessions are held monthly and are free to attend.

Twitter @airwayhub

Fellowships in Advanced Airway Management

Six-twelve months clinical posts based at UCLH and the RNTNE with dedicated time for research and teaching activities

Awake Fibreoptic Intubation Course

This practical workshop runs every other month and is specifically designed for anaesthetists who wish to gain both confidence in topical anaesthesia of the airway and improve manual dexterity in airway endoscopy. The course includes video demonstrations, hands-on practice on endoscopy trainers and manikins and actual performance on delegates themselves in a monitored environment under the supervision of experienced trainers.

Multidisciplinary Simulation: SaFE Airways in Anaesthesia

SaFE (Simulation and Facilitation Education in Airways for Anaesthetists) Course is an all-day full immersion course held at the state-of-the-art UCLH Education and Simulation Centre. The course is centred around airway management and the important influence of human factors on our performance, team working and decision making.

One Lung course in thoracic anaesthesia:

One Lung is a simulation and practical skills course in thoracic anaesthesia. It is specifically designed for anaesthetists, surgeons and anaesthetic assistants wishing to learn about lung isolation, single lung ventilation and the management of common thoracic anaesthetic emergencies.

Airway Matters – UCL Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)

Explore key concepts underlying safe, multidisciplinary airway management with this free course for all health professionals. How can we improve safety, prevent complications, and be prepared to manage them when they arise? How, in a crisis, can we ensure that all human and technical resources are best utilised?

This DAS endorsed, free, UCL course will answer these key questions, and help you develop strategies to improve patient safety in your area of practice. The content has been carefully designed to provide an up-to-date and practical educational experience, with learners accessing comprehensive course materials developed in collaboration with leading experts, frontline clinicians, and patients. By engaging in a global cross-platform discussion. It broadens the access to key concepts in multidisciplinary safe airway management based on the DAS Guidelines, highlighting learning points from the 4th National Audit Project (NAP4), and presenting novel techniques.

Airway Management

Airway Management

The major objective of the Airway Management Special Interest Group (SIG) is the promotion of science and education by the exchange of ideas between anaesthetists with a particular interest and involvement in airway management. The main focus of the SIG is to provide a forum for continuing education for anaesthetists tending to specialise in airway area. The Airway Management SIG is supported by the three leading Australasian bodies which includes the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists (ANZCA), Australian Society of Anaesthetists (ASA) and the New Zealand Society of Anaesthetists (NZSA).


Founding date
The Airway Management was established in 2007 and currently have 859 members.



Airway Leads in Australia

A new initiative of the Airway Management SIG is the establishment of an airway leads network throughout both public and private sectors to assist each other and improve airway management in anaesthesia.   
The Airway Management SIG is aiming for one airway lead to be nominated at each Australian health facility that provides general anaesthesia or sedation.


Airway Incident in Anaesthesia Audit (AAA)

The Airway Incident in Anaesthesia Audit (AAA) is a prospective six month on-line audit and will be completed on 3rd October. The audit is being conducted in 12 hospitals in Australia and New Zealand and has been a conducted under the webAIRS project. Despite the length of time webAIRS has been collecting data, several ethics and governance issues had to be managed in several of the hospitals before the project started on 3rd April. Dr Yasmin Endlich, Dr Linda Beckmann, and Dr Martin Culwich shouldered an enormous amount of work to ensure as many hospitals as possible would be ready to start. We are expecting that the results of the project will have important implications for future research and teaching within Australia and New Zealand.


Keith Greenland has been appointed to the advisory committee for PUMA (Project for Universal Management of Airways).

Professor Keith Greenland has been appointed to the advisory committee for PUMA (Project for Universal Management of Airways). This was a project initiated by Professor Carin Hagberg to establish one set of international airway management standards. The project plans to provide a report at the WAMM (World Airway Management Meeting) in Amsterdam in 2019.


Regular newsletters for Airway Management SIG members
Regular newsletters have been edited for Airway Management SIG members.  This includes up and coming events


Successful Airway Management SIG meetings every two years
The SIG has held regular meetings since 2010 with attendance ranging between 200 – 300 delegates and up to 20 exhibitors.  The Airway meetings have been held in various locations in Australia and Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

 For further information on the Airway Management SIG, please contact Kirsty O’Connor

Safe Airway Society (Australia and New Zealand)

The Safe Airway Society is the interprofessional airway society for Australia and New Zealand. Our members represent a wide range of health professions including Anaesthetists, Intensivists, Anaesthetic technicians, Emergency Physicians, Nurses, Rural Doctors, Surgeons and Paramedics.

We aim to overcome our geographical challenges by reaching out to clinicians in all corners of the continent, to bring together the skills and expertise of our various professions.

Through innovative collaboration, we aim to create resources including consensus guidelines, promote education and training with an emphasis on human factors and team performance, and improve systems through research and standardisation of practice.

The Safe Airway Society aims to build an environment where safe and effective airway management prevails across all professions and for all patients.

PICEU Foundation

PICEU foundation is registered charity in Pune – India working since 2012 . With core as Anaesthesiologist and Surgeons it works for training medical postgraduates and updating consultants.

We run yearly airway course along with Deenanath Mangeshkar Hospital – Anaesthesia department , both for trainees and consultants since 2014 including airway simulation. Our Advance Airway course is regarded as one of the best in Western part of India with hands on training and interactive teaching in difficult Airway. Since 2017 We have surgical colleagues collaborating for full session in the course, with some important management principals in difficult airway situations being discussed. Till date we had Six Advance Airway Workshops.

Society for Airway Management, Airway Safety Movement and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation

The Society for Airway Management, Airway Safety Movement and the Patient Safety Movement Foundation are leading a coalition of multispecialty professional medical societies, patient safety groups and quality improvement organizations on a national “Campaign to Zero” preventable deaths from unplanned extubation. The coalition has developed the roadmap and the tools necessary to decrease the incidence of preventable harm and death from UE.

Hospitals should determine what their current rate of unplanned extubation is and then incorporate the proven best-practice quality improvement methods in order to take aim at zero preventable deaths and harm from unplanned extubation. The Unplanned Extubation Awareness and Prevention initiative involves efforts to increase awareness of the problem and provides tools that hospitals can use to achieve these goals.










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