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Understanding the Airway


  VIDEO:  Learn the basics of predicting the difficult airway with Dr. Peter Kas @ resus.com.au.

VIDEO: Learn the basics of predicting the difficult airway with Dr. Peter Kas @ resus.com.au.

  REFERENCE:  Review  the basics of laryngeal anatomy via drawings and laryngoscopy images by Dr. Rich Levitan @ airwaycam.com.

REFERENCE: Review  the basics of laryngeal anatomy via drawings and laryngoscopy images by Dr. Rich Levitan @ airwaycam.com.

Airway Assessment


Preoxygenation


Opening the Airway

  • Key thought processes 
    • s there evidence of foreign body/trauma or fluid obstructing the airway?
    • Do you have suction available at the bedside?
    • s the head of the bed elevated?
    • Does the patient respond to simple positioning maneuvers such as chin lift and jaw thrust?
    • Will the patient tolerate an oral or nasal airway to assist with oxygenation?

http://vimeo.com/34883844

The Bag Valve Mask

  • Key thought processes
    • Is it easy to ventilate the patient? Do you need to consider alternate airway immediately such as extra-glottic device or surgical airway?  
    • Do you have nasal cannula in place for apneic oxygenation during BVM?
    • Is a PEEP valve available?
    • Do you have a good seal? Is there chest rise?
    • Can you perform BVM with an assistant to improve oxygenation?
    • Is the patient edentulous? Adjust mask positioning accordingly. 

http://vimeo.com/17542057

http://emupdates.com/2010/06/09/screencast-advanced-airway-management-for-the-emergency-physician/

Laryngoscopy