FARMINGTON, Connecticut.—Airway World®, the leading on-line knowledge center dedicated to airway management, hosted the first annual “Airway Article of the Year” awards show as a live webinar on December 12, 2012. Ron Walls, MD and guest presenters, Ali Raja, MD, MPH, MBA and Cheryl Lynn Horton, MD selected and presented four articles as finalists – one from each of the Quarterly Airway Management Research Update webinars held in 2012. The content and merits of each article were discussed and debated by the panel and the winner was chosen by a vote of the on-line audience during the show. The recorded show can be viewed at: http://theairwaysite.com/video/airwayvideo.html.
The 2012 Nominees
The nominees for this honor were:
1. Silbergleit R et al. Intramuscular versus intravenous therapy for prehospital status epilepticus. N Engl J Med 2012 Feb 16; 366:591. [Link to abstract]
2. Aziz MF et al. Comparative effectiveness of the C-MAC video laryngoscope versus direct laryngoscopy in the setting of the predicted difficult airway. Anesthesiology 2012 Mar; 116:629. [Link to abstract]
3. Wilcox SR et al. Neuromuscular blocking agent administration for emergent tracheal intubation is associated with decreased prevalence of procedure-related complications. Crit Care Med 2012 Jun; 40:1808. [Link to abstract]
4. Je SM et al. Comparison of GlideScope® versus Macintosh laryngoscope for the removal of a hypopharyngeal foreign body: A randomized cross-over cadaver study. Resuscitation 2012 Oct; 83:1277. [Link to abstract]
The 2012 Winner
The winner of the first “Airway Article of the Year” is Intramuscular versus intravenous therapy for prehospital status epilepticus by Robert Silbergleit, Valerie Durkalski, Dan Lowenstein, Robin Conwit, Art Pancioli, Yuko Palesch and William Barsan.
“There is no question in my mind that this is a practice changing study,” said Ron Walls, MD, Chairman of Emergency Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine (Emergency Medicine) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Walls is co-director of Airway World® and The Difficult Airway Course™. “Although not strictly an airway management study, proper management of status epilepticus often avoids the need for intubation. This study presents a very simple protocol that we should all be following.”
In Silbergleit’s study, researchers compared the efficacy of IM and IV therapy in a randomized, double-blind trial involving 33 EMS systems. They concluded that “for subjects in status epilepticus, intramuscular midazolam is at least as safe and effective as intravenous lorazepam for prehospital seizure cessation.”
“This is one of the most important studies we covered this year” said Ali Raja, MD, MPH, MBA, Associate Director of Trauma at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Assistant Professor of Medicine (Emergency Medicine) at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Raja was a co-presenter of the Quarterly Airway Management Research Update webinars in 2012. “It shows that you don’t need an IV before you can start treating status epilepticus patients to terminate their seizures.”
The presenters concluded the award show by congratulating lead author, Dr. Rob Silbergleit and his team for “a fantastic contribution to our knowledge.”
The “Airway Article of the Year” award show can be viewed at http://theairwaysite.com/video/airwayvideo.html and in the Airway World auditorium at www.airwayworld.com (free login required). Dr. Walls’ Quarterly Airway Management Research Update webinars are available as podcasts in the iTunes Store (Airway World Podcasts) and in Airway World. Questions about Airway World or the Quarterly Airway Management Research Updates can be sent to Terry T. Steele at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Airway World®
Airway World is the only multi-disciplinary, on-line knowledge center dedicated to airway management. In Airway World, visitors can participate in live webinars, including Ron Walls’ Quarterly Airway Management Research Update. In addition, visitors can view archived webinars, instructional videos, Journal Watch® research summaries and important airway articles. Airway World events are free and open to all medical providers, educators and students seeking to stay on the leading edge of airway management practice. Airway World is a program of the Airway Management Education Center.
About Airway Management Education Center, LLC and First Airway, LLC
Airway Management Education Center, LLC (AMEC) and its sister company, First Airway, LLC use the “expert instructor” model to offer high quality educational programs for Emergency Physicians, Critical Care Physicians, Hospitalists, Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, EMS professionals, Respiratory Therapists and other clinicians tasked with emergency airway management. AMEC was founded in 1998 and First Airway was founded in 2007. Under the leadership of Ron M. Walls, MD, Michael F. Murphy, MD, and Robert C. Luten, MD, AMEC offers The Difficult Airway Course: Emergency™, The Difficult Airway Course: Anesthesia™, and many airway-related webinars in Airway World®. First Airway offers The Difficult Airway Course: EMS™ and Fundamentals of Airway Management™, programs designed for EMS professionals. The EMS courses are offered throughout the United States, the United Kingdom, Italy, Ireland, Denmark and South Korea.
The Principals of AMEC and First Airway
Ron M. Walls, MD, Professor and Chair Department of Emergency Medicine Brigham and Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School
Michael F. Murphy, MD, Professor and Chair Department of Anesthesia and Pain Medicine University of Alberta
Robert C. Luten, MD, Professor Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine University of Florida College of Medicine
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