Chapter 8 - Chapter 8: Airway Management & Ventilation...

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Chapter 8: Upper airway obstruction - interference w/air movement through the upper airway. Upper airway components- Nasal cavity Oral cavity Pharynx Causes of Upper Airway Obstruction Tongue- is the most common airway obstruction Foreign bodies Trauma Laryngeal spasm and edema Aspiration Lower Airway components Trachea Bronchi Alveoli Lung parenchyma Pleura Respiratory System Assessment 1. Initial Assessment 2. Focused History Onset of symptoms Course of development Associated symptoms Past medical history Recent history Anything that makes Patients condition better/worse 3. Physical Examination Inspection - LOOK o Adequacy of breathing o Trauma? o Skin color? Pink = good perfusion Cyanosis (bluish discoloration) poor perfusion o Patient’s position Tripod position- may indicate COPD or asthma Orthopnea (increased difficulty breathing lying down) may indicate CHF or asthma. o
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2011 for the course PARAMEDIC 101 taught by Professor Bator during the Spring '11 term at Columbus State Community College.

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Chapter 8 - Chapter 8: Airway Management & Ventilation...

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