Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Difficult airway MED5551

  • Academic Session: 2022-23
  • School: School of Medicine Dentistry and Nursing
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 5 (SCQF level 11)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No
  • Taught Wholly by Distance Learning: Yes

Short Description

This course covers the topic of a difficult airway in anaesthesia. The course will explore state of the art knowledge surrounding evidence for assessment, planning and management of a patient with a difficult airway. The importance of a systematic structured approach and well developed and tested local guidelines will be emphasised as well as the need to evolve local protocols in conjunction with critical incident reporting.  The focus will be on leadership in application of knowledge in the students' own context.


A variety of teaching methods will be scheduled over 6 weeks including recorded lectures, online live tutorials, webinars, and online interactive cases.

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses





Set exercise (100%)

Course Aims

The course aims to equip the students with state of the art knowledge related to difficult airway management. It also aims to enable students to assimilate this knowledge and have the confidence in applying it within their own professional setting.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Critically appraise current literature around difficult airways and make informed judgements regarding clinical applicability of published evidence

■ Independently apply knowledge gained in the course to advance their management of the difficult airway in anaesthesia in their local professional setting

■ Critically evaluate the evidence behind guidelines and techniques for the management of difficult airways in anaesthesia

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.