Dr. James DuCanto is a practicing Anesthesiologist for the past twenty three years at Advocate Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center, the largest private hospital in the state of Wisconsin. He has coordinated and supervised the Anesthesiology rotation for resident physicians and medical students at Aurora St. Luke's Medical Center from 2004 until the Spring of 2020. Expanding his vision for the education of prehospital health care workers, he assumed the role of Medical Director of the Mid-State Technical College EMS program in May 2020, and moved his Anesthetics practice to the community hospitals and other procedural facilities of Advocate Aurora Health Care in the summer of 2020.
Through the phenomenon of FOAMed (Free Open Access Medical Education), he has collaborated with Emergency Medicine, Anesthesiology, Critical Care and Prehospital and Retrieval Medical educators worldwide. Through his collaborations with colleagues in these diverse specialties, he has produced innovations related to Prehospital, Emergency Medicine and Critical Care airway management with the invention of a specialized rigid suction catheter (the “SSCOR DuCanto Suction Catheter”) as well as techniques to manage the massively soiled airway (the “SALAD” Technique), and a simulator to demonstrate and practice the SALAD technique (the Nasco Life/form® S.A.L.A.D. Simulator).
Dr. DuCanto became board certified in Integrative and Holistic Medicine in December of 2008, and has an interest in “Alternative” and “Complementary” medicine. He is an independent Reiki Master that teaches classes in Reiki through Aurora Complementary Medicine since 2007. He has included techniques of Therapeutic Breathwork into both simulation and clinical airway management training.
Managing the soiled airway