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Difficult Airway Society

The Difficult Airway Society is a UK-based medical specialist society formed to further management of the airway of patients by anaesthetists and other critical care practitioners. It developed from the interest of a number of anaesthetists who met at a fibreoptic intubation meeting held at Guy’s Hospital, London once or twice a year from 1987. The first of these was organised by Dr Ray Towey to promote the role and use of fibreoptic intubation in management of the difficult airway. He had published work on fibreoptic intubation in 1972 and later joined the staff of Guy’s Hospital in central London, UK as a Consultant Anaesthetist. The regular meetings established the principles of care and cleaning of the fiberscope and its use in the awake and anaesthetised patient. A complete set of educational booklets from each meeting has been maintained. The transition from a fibreoptic intubation meeting to a broader difficult airway meeting occurred in 1995 stimulated particularly by a chance meeting between Dr Adrian Pearce and Dr Ralph Vaughan on a plane from Edinburgh to London. These two were prominent in the development and running of airway management courses at Guy’s Hospital in London and University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff respectively. The many core attendees at the fibreoptic intubation meetings stimulated the development of a more formal airway management society.

Society for Airway Management (SAM)

The Society for Airway Management (SAM) was founded in 1995 by a group of physicians dedicated to the practice, teaching and scientific advancements of the field of airway management. SAM members include Anesthesiologists, Nurse Anesthetists, Emergency Medicine Physicians, Pulmonologists, Critical Care Specialists, Surgeons, Parademics, EMTs, members of industry and others from 28 different countries. SAM exists as an interdisciplinary forum of physicians and non-physicians. Members are encouraged to be active at the annual meeting as well as year round. This is accomplished through participation in committees, contributing to the quarterly newsletter, joining discussions on our on-line forum, social media and homepage.

European Airway Management Society (EAMS)

The European Airway Management Society (EAMS) The idea of a pan-European society was born in Glasgow in 2003 from the initiative of John Henderson, Ulrich Braun and a small group of “airway enthusiasts”. EAMS became an ESA subspecialty Society, growing year by year with new members, annual meetings and teaching initiatives such as the Airway Masterclass and the Train the Airway Teachers project. To date it includes over 300 members from around the world.


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South East Asian Conference of the World Alliance of Airway Management in Vietnam 13th & 14th April 2024

The first South East Asian Conference of the World Alliance of Airway Management (WAAM) will take place in Vietnam on the 13th and 14th April 2024, in partnership with Vietnam Airlines and Facing the World Charitable Foundation.

Bringing international airway experts from across the world together in Vietnam, the conference has been organised and facilitated by Facing The World CEO Katrin Kandel in conjunction with hospital anaesthetists from the 108 Central Hospital, Viet Duc Hospital and Hong Ngoc Hospital in Hanoi, and with support from Vietnam Airlines and Hong Ngoc group.

With over a thousand global participants expected to attend, the conference will facilitate links between airway societies, special interest groups, airway fellowship providers, training centers and airway related charities as well as a repository for local, national, and international airway societies, guidelines, statements, airway related education, research projects, research opportunities and grants.

As well as the World Alliance of Airway Management Satellite Conference, Facing the world and its partners create opportunities to share medical knowledge and skills through professional exchange and training programs around the world.