artificial airways

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Types of airway include:

  • oropharyngeal
  • nasopharyngeal
  • endotracheal
  • laryngeal mask airway
  • cricothyroidotomy
  • tracheostomy

Choice of airway depends on various factors:

  • patient with signs of airway obstruction but relatively conscious, try a nasopharangeal airway
  • patient with signs of airway obstruction and impaired level of consciousness, try an oropharangeal airway
  • unconscious and unable to protect their airway, needs a definitive airway ie. intubation and insertion of endotracheal tube

Last reviewed 01/2018

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