Case Study
DAS 2023

The 28th Difficult Airway Society (DAS) Annual Scientific Meeting took place International Convention Centre (ICC) in Birmingham, from the 29th of November to the 1st of December 2023. The programme for this year’s meeting, featured a spectrum of enriching experiences, including a hands-on human cadaveric airway workshop, engaging case-based discussions, thought-provoking pro-con debates on controversial topics, and a series of enlightening keynote speeches delivered by prominent global airway experts.
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Our standout speaker at the conference was Dr. Richard Harris, globally known for his crucial role in the Tham Luang cave rescue, but also known to the industry as an aeromedical consultant and anaesthetist for the South Australian Ambulance Service’s medical retrieval service. Having started his anaesthesiology training in the UK, he returned for DAS 2023 to tell the story of his role in the rescue of the 13 boys trapped in the cave in Thailand. Dr. Harris, along with the international team of divers and experts, successfully executed a plan to bring all the boys and their coach to safety. The rescue mission showcased the importance of international collaboration and expertise in handling complex and high-stakes situations.

The DAS conference hosts the unique ability to gain real life practical experience for the delegates. The Cadaver Workshop Programme was held in University Hospital Coventry. The workshop was led by a team of experts, conducting a number of practical demonstrations including Nasal and oral intubation, Direct laryngoscopy and intubation, and Hands on cricothyroidotomy.

Along with the Cadaver Workshop Programme is the Traditional Workshop Programme, this programme creates 10 individual workshops that groups of attendees rotate between getting 35 minutes at each session. This is a full day programme starting at 9am and working right through until 6pm. It provides critical training in areas such as Airway Ultrasound and Fibreoptic intubation through SADs.

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