Airway Assessment


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31 Dec 2023

Last Reviewed

1 Jan 2021

Estimated Time To Finish

60 Minutes

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Activity Description

A thorough, but brief, airway assessment is essential for the proper management of patients requiring advanced airway management. Indications for the use of airway management are failure to oxygenate, failure to ventilate, or failure to maintain a patent airway. The modality of airway management primarily depends on the cause and severity of the patient condition but is also subject to factors such as environment and clinician's skill level. This activity describes the methods used to assess the airways and highlights the role of the interprofessional team in the management of patients with compromised breathing.

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Target Audience

This activity has been designed to meet the educational needs of physicians.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, the learner will be better able to:

  • Identify the anatomical structures that are examined during assessment of the airways
  • Describe the equipment used to assess patency of the airways.
  • Reivew the mallampati classification.
  • Explain the importance of optimizing care coordination amongst interprofessional team members to improve outcomes for patients affected by airway compromise.

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COMMERCIAL SUPPORT: This activity has received NO commercial support.

Continuing Education Accreditation Information

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University, and StatPearls, LLC. The Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Quillen College of Medicine, East Tennessee State University designates this activity for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is reported to the following Maintenance of Certification (MOC) boards:
American Board of Anesthesiology
  • Ambulatory/Outpatient
  • Cardiac Anesthesia
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • General Operative Anesthesia
  • Sleep Medicine
  • Thoracic Anesthesia
American Board of Internal Medicine
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • Geriatric Medicine
  • Hospice and Palliative Medicine
  • Hospital Medicine
  • Internal Medicine
  • Pulmonary Disease
  • Sleep Medicine
American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Head & Neck
American Board of Pathology
  • Clinical Pathology
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Pulmonary, Mediastinum
American Board of Pediatrics
  • Adolescent Medicine
  • General Pediatrics
  • Pediatric Pulmonology
American Board of Surgery
  • General Surgery
  • Surgical Critical Care
  • Pediatric Surgery

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  1. Register for the activity and create a StatPearls login.     
  2. Review the required accreditation information:  Target audience, learning objectives, and disclosure information.
  3. Complete the entire self-study activity.
  4. Complete the post-test assessments.
  5. Successfully pass the post-test with a minimum score of 100%.
  6. Complete the evaluation survey. 
  7. Obtain a certificate.

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