Emergency care often involves rapid and effective management of the airway. As in hospital situations, the difficult airway requires special care, but with increased urgency to establish adequate oxygenation. This article reviews the identification of such patients, both adult and pediatric, and the methods of managing the difficult intubation and ventilation before arrival at the hospital. The first step in treating the patient with a difficult airway is providing adequate oxygen through devices such as the nasal cannula, face-mask or non-rebreather mask. The Bag Valve Mask (BVM) is the most important device for maintaining oxygenation and ventilation in most emergency settings. Rapid assessment of the difficult airway is critical and grading systems such as the Cormack-Lehane laryngeal view system and the Mallampti Score can facilitate in the management. Several rescue airway devices suitable for the prehospital emergency setting are described in this article. It is important for prehospital providers to be very familiar and comfortable with the available alternative airway devices and to maintain skill in their use during these situations
Expiration Date: 01-06-2018
This course is approved for 2.0 contact hours.
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- Register for a free account at http://www.saxetesting.com/cf/register.php . You will need your Respiratory Therapist license number during registration. Remember to log into your account before you begin.
- Review the PDF on Pre-hospital Management of the Difficult Airway (Issue 2) http://www.clinicalfoundations.org/assets/foundations2.pdf
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