Knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of respiratory distress, failure, and arrest is crucial. Respiratory arrest is usually the endpoint of respiratory distress that leads to respiratory failure. Respiratory distress and failure have multiple causes, all of which, if left untreated, can deteriorate into respiratory arrest. The best treatment is knowing and understanding the signs and symptoms of respiratory distress and respiratory failure so interventions can be initiated and respiratory arrest averted altogether.
Suctioning may be done through an endotracheal tube, tracheostomy tube, or through the nose or mouth into the trachea. Although each procedure is slightly different, indications, supplies, procedures and risks are similar.
Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways are adjuncts that can be used to obtain/maintain an open airway. Learn about their effective use.