P RECEPTOR P EARL Inform new EMT-Bs that a common sign of a partial airway obstruction is a snoring noise. As an experiment, they can simply hyperextend the neck of a snoring person (if they can do so without waking up the person) and listen as the snoring stops!
Differences between the Airways of Children and Adults
If necessary, rinse catheter and tubing to prevent obstruction of tubing by dried material.
P RECEPTOR P EARL Rather than counting out 15 seconds as the maximum amount of time for suctioning, just take a breath and hold it as you begin to suction. When you need a breath, so does the patient. Stop suctioning and ventilate. In the excitement of a serious call, you will need to breathe more often than four times a minute!
If a partial plate loosens, leave it in place unless it causes a problem.
1. What BSI procedures should be taken when doing airway techniques? 2. When should ventilations be assisted? 3. How and when are the OPA and NPA used? 4. How and when is suctioning provided? 5. When should oxygen be administered? R EVIEW QUESTIONS