SODA - Sheffield Obstetric Difficult Airway course

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The Sheffield Obstetric Difficult Airway course, otherwise known as the SODA course, is an unique educational (MDT) course.

The course teaches advanced airway skills and explores human factors during emergency simulated scenarios. 

Our ultimate aim is to increase the safety of the obstetric patient during general anaesthesia.

The SODA course (held at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield) has been established since 2014 and has always been awarded 6 CPD points by the RCoA, and approved by the Difficult airways society (DAS). The day consists of lectures, practical advanced airway workshops (including fibre-optic scopes and front of neck access), discussion groups and simulation.

Our next course is due to be held on November 22nd. We are currently working out logistics related to possible covid restrictions, and may hold part of the course on line to enable us to open it up to more people. Details will be updated soon, but please see our usual programme (linked) for more details.

Lunch and refreshments provided.

  1. Background to SODA 
  2. Photo gallery 
  3. SODA publications 

Programme available here



Additional Information

Contact details

For further details please contact Laura Hammon at or

The two primary documents we encourage our candidates to use during the course are an obstetric GA induction checklist and the OAA/ DAS Obstetric Airway Guideline 2015. Our local checklist was developed from the recurrent problems highlighted during a set of local case reviews.

I AM HAPPY checklist

OAA/ DAS guidelines

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