George Kovacs

Bio

Dr. George Kovacs is a full-time professor of Emergency Medicine and is cross-appointed in the Department of Anaesthesia and the Department of Medical Neuroscience at Dalhousie University. He works clinically as an emergency physician at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax and is Medical Director the Provincial Critical Care Transport Program. He holds a Masters of Health Professions Education from the University of Illinois where he developed his interest in procedural skill learning. He co-developed the internationally recognized airway education program (Airway Interventions & Management in Emergencies- AIME). He has authored numerous publications including two editions of the textbook Airway Management in Emergencies. He has four children and in addition to his passion for airway management education he loves being at his cottage on the Medway river spending time with his two loves of his life, his family and his new Massey Ferguson tractor.


Anyone Can Intubate, or Not: Teaching airway skills the antifragile way

Anyone can intubate, but it does it really matter? Airway management success depends on other factors including how we mange failure.
Becoming competent in airway management requires good decision making and and technical skills. Ultimately what matters is how your clinical performance impacts patient outcomes. For this we need to have a clear understanding of what defines success ensuring that its more than just ‘getting the tube’. Come to this talk and you’ll experience a Canadian take on Guinness, adventure sports, flying a plane and how other factors including failure influence airway management outcomes.




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