Sunday, April 17, 2016

EMT and airway junctions

Name the two airway adjuncts that can be inserted to assist in establishing and maintaining an open airway, and explain the circumstances in which each should be used.

The two airway adjuncts that can be inserted are the Oropharyngeal Airway and the Nasopharyngeal Airway.  A Nasopharyngeal Airway should be used if the Pt is responsive, has a gag reflex, clenched teeth, biting, or a Pt that has injuries to their face. 

Of course this question doesn't go into detail on which Oropharyngeal or Nasopharyngeal an EMT should use. It also doesn't discuss how to insert either of these tools to help a patient breath. 

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