RescueDigest Resources: Difficult Airway Management

RescueDigest’s Top Picks of essential resources for critical topics in emergency services.


Difficult Airway Management: BLS through ALS, what’s the best?

Airway management is the first and most critical objective in emergency patient care. We’ve found simple methods to rapidly identify and assess difficult airway conditions, new techniques to improve your odds of success, and novel ways to use the tools that we already have to manage the difficult airway. Less is more as BLS techniques are used to improve ALS airway management of the toughest airway emergencies. Is there a way that we can look at Airway Management as a whole picture and not a series of steps from apnea to BVM to intubation?

Difficult Airway Management EMS

For the most difficult airways we'll take all the help we can get!

How you can use these resources: RescueDigest curates great research and resources during the development of our articles and educational programs. Since our mission is to “Help You Help Others” we present the best of these resources for you to explore, share and use in your own agency.

Global Airway Resources: All Things Airway for EMS

Airway World (Advanced Emergency Airway Resources)

JEMS: The EMS Airway Clinic

The Vortex Airway Approach


Apneic Oxygenation: Oxygenation without Ventilation 


Improving Intubation Outcomes: Make your tube count!


Hands-On Experience: Get Dirty.


RescueDigest’s Own Programs:

Rom Duckworth’s Difficult Airway Management Program 

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About romduck

Rom Duckworth is a dedicated emergency responder, author, and educator with more than thirty years of experience working in career and volunteer fire departments, hospital healthcare systems, and private emergency medical services. Rom is a career fire captain and paramedic EMS Coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department and director of the New England Center for Rescue and Emergency Medicine. Rom holds a master’s degree in public administration, is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer program, and is the recipient of the NAEMT Presidential Award, American Red Cross Hero Award, Sepsis Alliance Sepsis Hero Award, and the EMS 10 Innovators Award. Rom is the author of "Duckworth on Education," as well as chapters in more than a dozen EMS, fire, rescue, and medical textbooks and over 100 published articles in fire and EMS magazines. A member of the NAEMT Board of Directors, as well as other national and international advocacy and advisory boards, Rom continues to work for the advancement of emergency services professions. Contact Rom via