Features  |   April 2013
Society for Airway Management: Elevating the Standard of Airway Safety
Author Affiliations
  • Richard M. Cooper, B.Sc., M.Sc., M.D., F.R.C.P.C.
    Society for Airway Management
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Airway Management / Respiratory System / Features
Features   |   April 2013
Society for Airway Management: Elevating the Standard of Airway Safety
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 26-27.
ASA Monitor 04 2013, Vol.77, 26-27.
The Society for Airway Management (SAM) was founded in 1995 to promote safe airway management through research, education and the development of teaching resources. It grew out of a shared concern that safe airway management should be a defining skill (particularly for anesthesiologists) and that, too often, unsuccessful approaches were repeated with increasing harm, often because alternatives were unfamiliar or unavailable. Our goal is to elevate the standard of care and enhance airway safety.
We have since become a multidisciplinary, international society. Our members include anesthesiologists; critical care, emergency and pulmonary physicians; otolaryngologists; CRNAs; EMTs; and respiratory therapists. In addition, we have several industry members involved in the manufacturing or distribution of the equipment we use. This results in a healthy collaboration, facilitating the development or improvement of devices and techniques. Our members literally come from all but the polar continents and actively participate in our online forum, newsletter and annual scientific meeting and workshop. Online discussions are provocative, engaging, collegial and generally helpful. Techniques and devices are often described or clarified by the very person who developed them. Challenging cases are frequently posed with recommendations, counter-recommendations, references, photographs and videos. We look forward to seeing each other at our annual meeting.
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