Airway Management

Airway management is one of the core competencies in the field of anaesthesia. The Airway Management research group investigates new approaches, devices, and strategies for the management of normal and difficult airways. We develop surveys and perform randomised controlled trials, open observational studies, and quality improvement trials to provide evidence of the feasibility of their use.

To fulfil our academic duties we mentor several Master of Medicine and doctoral thesis students at the University of Bern. The research group investigators are members of the European Airway Management Society (EAMS;, the European Society of Anaesthesiology (ESA), the European Resuscitation Council (ERC) and the ERC Research NET.

Our research focus

Our group investigates the effectiveness and efficiency of a variety of different airway devices in the clinical setting, and how their handling and proper application in adult and paediatric patients can be learned. We focus on improving patient care and reducing side effects of airway management, as well as gathering insight into the physiology behind new airway management approaches.

Specific research topics

Past research included comparisons of different supraglottic airway devices in adults and children, their use in clinical practice, intubation through supraglottic airway devices, a variety of video laryngoscopes, rigid and flexible optical scopes, and front-of-neck access. We also investigate the effects of high-flow nasal cannula delivery of oxygen and the physiologic changes that occur with the use of apnoeic oxygenation.

Our research involves national and international collaborations.


Research group members

Sabine Nabecker, Dr. med. 

Thomas Riva, Dr. med. 


  • REGA Headquarters, Zürich-Kloten – Roland Albrecht
  • Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH), London, UK - Nicola Disma
  • Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guys and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK - Maren Kleine-Brüggeney
  • VU University Center Amsterdam, NL – Hans Huitink
  • Marmara University Istanbul, Turkey – Ayten Saracoglu
  • Health Sciences University, Kocaeli, Turkey – Kamil Tolga Saracoglu
  • Hospital Universitario, Zaragoza, Spain – Guillermo Navarro
  • Western University, London, Ontario, Canada – Rüdiger Noppens