Airway Management - Adjuncts To Airway Management

Adjuncts To Airway Management

There are a variety of artificial airways which can be used to keep a pathway between the lungs and mouth/nose. The most commonly used in long term or critical care situations is the endotracheal tube, a plastic tube which is inserted through the mouth and into the trachea, often with a cuff which is inflated to seal off the trachea and prevent any vomit being aspirated into the lungs. In some cases. a laryngeal mask airway (LMA) is a suitable alternative to an endotracheal tube, and has the advantage of requiring a lower level of training than that of an ET tube.

In the case of a choking patient, laryngoscopy or even bronchoscopy may be performed in order to visualise and remove the blockage.

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