Chandigarh,19.08.19-“Pediatric Airway Update” was organized by the Department of Anesthesia & Intensive Care, PGIMER, on under the aegis of Indian Society of Anesthesiologists. Prof Neerja Bhardwaj, Organizing Chairperson, welcomed the chief guest, Prof Jagat Ram, Director of the institute and all the participants. She emphasized that pediatric airway is different and needs to be managed carefully. Organizing Secretary, Prof Indu Sen informed that around 75participants attended the CME followed by hands on training on the manikins at eight different work stations including one high fidelity perioperative scenario station. Prof Jagat Ram emphasized about the need of such trainings to handle preventable airway emergencies. There was a talk to highlight differences in a Pediatric Airway.This was followed by a Panel discussion by Prof Sandhya Yaddanapudi where airway challenges in pediatric patients in different type of surgeries i.e. Neonatal Emergencies, ENT, Plastic, Dental, Neurosurgery and Pediatric Trauma were discussed. There were Podium paper presentation session and Quiz competition for delegates studying in PGI and surrounding states.Eight airway skill stations were set up to provide hands on experience on manikins to the delegates. These included four Basic and Four Advanced Airway Skill Stations. Basic Airway Skill stations were: Anatomy of the Airway on Cadaveric specimens and Airway Models, Airway Adjuncts and Oxygenation Devices, Supraglotic Airway Devices and Laryngoscopy,Intubation Skills using Direct and Videolaryngoscopes.

Advanced Airway skill stations included Simulation Sessions on Perioperative Scenarios on Simbaby and Simchild in the APC Preoperative area, Flexible Fiberoptic bronchoscopy, Ultrasonography of the Airway on volunteers and Invasive Airway management skills using Cricothrotomy and Tracheotomy Emergency scenarios on airway models.

Learning on simulators and manikins are known to improve skills and it has been found that after practicing on manikins, participants are more confident to handle challenging cases.