Airway Management Assess for Airway Obstruction! • Difficulty breathing • Patient conduct (anxious, combative) • Abnormal sounds Improve/Establish Airway Through Maneuvers • Chin lift • Jaw thrust Remove Debris/Suction Airway Adjuncts: • Nasal airway (Primary) • Oral airway
Airway Obstruction • The most common obstruction is from a prolapsed tongue! • Why?
Airway Obstruction • Blood Clots, Teeth • Soft Tissue & Bones • Swelling • Position of Head • Head Injury
Improve/Establish Airway Chin Lift Method (NON-TRAUMA)
Improve/Establish Airway Jaw Thrust Method
Nasopharyngeal Airway • Lubricate ! • Insert along floor of nasal cavity • If resistance met, use back-and forth motion • Don’t Force – Use other nostril • If patient gags, withdraw slightly
Oral Pharyngeal Airway • Measure • Confirm patient is unconscious • Insert, rotate 180 degrees as inserting