Episode 49 – Addressing SALAD w/Matt Jensen


Suction-assisted laryngoscopy and airway decontamination (SALAD) was created to assist with the decontamination of a massively soiled airway. We sit down with flight nurse, researcher, and lead author Matt Jensen to discuss this technique and his most recent Air Medical Journal study aimed at investigating its usefulness in training prehospital emergency providers to improve their ability to intubate a contaminated airway.


Video of Matt’s colleague Will Hicks performing the SALAD technique with the screen split between external and internal views: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1Hln8NJT3q4numobBHigE2JShOxuZqW6A

YouTube video of Du Canto demonstrating SALAD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PztChpfur4g

YouTube video showing the inside-mouth view of the technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=57a39GCvWL8



Matt Jensen is a flight, trauma, and critical care nurse with experience in both Australia and the United States. With a passion for evidence-based, patient-centered care, Matt has a particular interest in resuscitation, quality improvement, and research. The proud father to three boys and prouder husband to a pretty American girl, Matt enjoys living in Virginia as an expatriate with its easier access to chicken wings.

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  1. Excellent podcast guys thank you very much! As a follow up to SALAD, I’d like to share the new procedural add-on, so expertly demonstrated by my German Anesthesiology colleagues Jan Grungeiger and Simon Althaus, who demonstrated an excellent display of SALAD at the recent World airway management conference in Amsterdam this past November. Following the ‘conventional’ SALAD technique, they perform flexible bronchoscopy through the tracheal tube in order to decontaminate each distal airway specifically.

    I have been dreaming of this moment that I can introduce to you: BEEF SALAD. “Bronchoscopic Evaluation & Evacuation Following SALAD.!

    Will be making some simulation videos of the next couple months. A huge thanks to Matt Jensen and the guys at heavy lies the helmet.

    Jim DuCanto, M.D.

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