West Midlands Surgical Training Centre

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Coventry Cadaveric Airway Course

Our human cadaveric airway course offers delegates a unique opportunity to repetitively perform and compare different techniques of airway management on a variety of cadaveric specimens.

The focus of the course will be on visualising the larynx, and appreciating the differing appearance of human airway anatomy in the cadaveric specimens.  There will be plenty of hands-on practice of the skills of conventional laryngoscopy, videolaryngoscopy using a variety of different devices, LMA and i-gel insertion, oral and nasal fibreoptic intubation and cricothyroidotomy. One of the pair of delegates will have the opportunity of performing the surgical cricothyroidotomy (‘Cutting the Neck’ Option).

Cadavers offer a unique opportunity for airway practitioners to interact with and visualise human airway structures without the ethical issues or risks associated with practising on live patients.  Airway management and intubation on live patients cannot be done repetitively just to compare, test, or practice different techniques.  This is not a problem in cadavers.

Course Introduction

Hands-on experience of direct laryngoscopy and videolaryngoscopy using a variety of different devices, LMA and i-gel insertion, fibre-optic intubation (nasal and oral), and surgical cricothyroidotomy on 8 human cadaveric specimens.  A ratio of only 2 delegates per specimen to ensure a high quality experience, far superior to practice on mannequins. 

The West Midlands Surgical Training Centre is situated on
the ground floor of the main Hospital.

The Centre offers state of the art facilities including;

  • Dedicated surgical lighting for each delegate
  • Overhead cameras and monitors on each station
  • Fully equipped with 3D HD screens
  • Houses some of the worlds finest plastinated prosections for anatomical reference during the course

Help and Guidance

Most courses are designed for surgeons, students or allied health professionals working in a particular specialty and/or at a particular stage in their careers. All course web pages include details of the appropriate specialties and training levels.

If you’re outside of these criteria or if in doubt, you should discuss the course with your assigned educational supervisor and if they think that it’s appropriate for you to attend please enquire via our contact us page.

What is my eligibility as an overseas candidate?

If you are not in a UK training post and are unsure of the level to which your knowledge and experience would correspond, please contact us.

What happens if book onto course and I am told that I am unsuitable?

It is your responsibility to ensure you fall within the relevant course. If your experience is below the required level we reserve the right to withdraw you from the course without compensation.

Certificates are issued approximately 2 weeks (often sooner) after your course via PDF.

This allows you time to complete the online evaluation; which closes after 1 week of your course.

Certificates of attendance will not be issued after this time.

Certificates are not provided to course observers or to delegates who have not completed the course.

Have you changed email? Has the centre got your correct contact details?

If you did not complete online feedback within 1 week of the course (and thus did not trigger the certificate process) you will not receive a certificate.

Unfortunately if more than 1 week has elapsed and you have not submitted feedback, duplicates will not be available.

If within this time frame please request a duplicate via our contact us page.

After any course you should complete feedback, your evaluation as a participant is an essential course requirement, enabling us to maintain the quality of courses we offer and help to improve future sessions

All feedback is conducted anonymously; names are only used to validate the responses
Completing online feedback links to our database and is a key trigger for the issue of certificates, if applicable for your course.

You should complete online feedback as soon as possible after your course and within 1 week of the end of the course when the online feedback will close.

Complete the online feedback even if you failed part of your course.

Car parking fees must be met by delegates unless prior arrangements have been made with the WMSTC

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On behalf of the West Midlands Surgical Training Centre and our Faculty, we wish to extend our thanks for your commitment to making our educational event so successful.

Your generous contribution to our training events, be it financial or with equipment contribution has helped ensure our vision for world class training has become a reality.

As we continue to grow as a Centre, please know that partnerships with our sponsors is vital to our success.

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Meet The Faculty

Dr Beamer bio

University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust