Articles

Respiratory Arrest / Airway Management

Managing Respiratory Arrest

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.

Laryngeal Mask Airways (LMAs)

The development of the LMA has been hailed as one of the most significant advances in airway management since the endotracheal (ET) tube. Learn more about laryngeal mask airways!

Endotracheal Intubation via Direct Laryngoscopy

Direct laryngoscopy (DL) is the approach providers most commonly use for endotracheal intubations and has been utilized in operating rooms, emergency departments, ambulances, and intensive care units throughout the healthcare arena.

Mask Ventilation

The importance of proper mask ventilation cannot be overstated. Healthcare professionals should be confident in the skills to manage a basic airway until more advanced airway experts arrive. Learn more!

Endotracheal Aspiration (ETA) of Intubated Patients

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.

Effective Use of Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal Airways

Oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways are adjuncts that can be used to obtain/maintain an open airway. Learn about their effective use.