Anesthesia Residency Training and Assessment of Performance
In Austria, there are currently no implemented requirements for anesthesia residents to perform a certain number of specific airway management (AM) techniques, except the performance of at least 10 flexible-bronchoscopy assisted tracheal intubation, necessary to certify as specialist anesthetist and the European Board of Anaesthesiology published only minimum standards of training and expertise without specifying AM techniques (2, 7).
Regular checking of successfully performed AM techniques is essential to trace the developing competence. Anesthesia residents should be encouraged to use their logbook also for listing of (un)successfully performed airway interventions as recommended by the European Board of Anaesthesiology (2, 7). Both complete success or failure with the techniques applied, confirmed by the instructor or supervising staff anesthetist, are relevant for reliable assessment of technical performance and clinical competence.
Recommendations of the Austrian Working Group for Airway Management
We recommend that anesthesia residents should list all airway interventions performed in their logbook; the documentation should include complete success or failure for reliable assessment of technical performance and clinical competence.
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