What Are the Most Common Causes of Upper Airway Obstruction?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jul 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway obstructions are common and may even be underreported. The prevalence and type of airway obstruction varies with age. Children younger than 4, for example, are more vulnerable to choking-related upper airway obstructions, and adults commonly experience airway obstruction caused by complications from smoking. First responders will inevitably encounter a wide variety of airway obstructions and must be prepared to promptly respond to each with appropriate medical care. Here are the most common causes of upper airway obstruction. 

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Topics: Airway management, airway obstruction

5 Techniques for Treating a Difficult Airway

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 11, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Sooner or later, every first responder encounters a difficult airway. Training for these scenarios is critical for improving patient care and reducing first responder frustration and burnout. There’s no substitute for lived experience, critical feedback from experienced providers, and drills that mimic real-world situations. However, keeping in mind these five tips can help you more effectively treat difficult airways.

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Airway Management for the Opioid Overdose

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jun 4, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The opioid overdose epidemic is hitting cities and towns across the nation, with a death toll that is both shocking and rapidly growing. Sixty-eight percent of drug overdose deaths involve an opioid, and opioid overdoses claim an average of 130 American lives each day. Promptly responding to suspected or confirmed opioid overdoses can help slow the epidemic. Airway management is critical for acute care following an overdose. Here’s what you need to know.

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3 Airway Management Scenarios You Need to Train For

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 30, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Training is an essential part of your job. With the demands of your work schedule, balancing your time with your family, and your weekly obligations, you may find yourself struggling to find the motivation to put in extra time for training. But even the most skilled practitioners need to train—and train often—in order to best serve their patients when airway emergencies occur.

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3 Tips for Successfully Monitoring Your Patient’s Airway

Posted by Sam D. Say

Apr 16, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The ABCs of patient care begin with the airway. Is your patient’s airway patent? Can your patient maintain his or her own airway? Are there any obstructions or contaminants obstructing the airway? Questions like these are likely second nature to you, and you probably don’t even realize you are asking them when caring for your patients.

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Airway Anatomy: Upper Airway Problems in Infants

Posted by Sam D. Say

Feb 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

There is perhaps nothing more terrifying to new parents than breathing problems in an infant. Particularly among newborns, respiratory distress is a common and potentially life-threatening symptom. Key differences in the airways of infants and children make them more susceptible to certain respiratory structures. A keen understanding of upper airway anatomy can help you quickly and safely treat infants in respiratory distress.

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What Types of Airway Management Equipment Are There?

Posted by Sam D. Say

Jan 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Airway management is a critical component of every first responder’s job. From clearing the airway of secretions to managing complex aspiration cases and assessing causes of respiratory distress, the right equipment is key.

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Airway Anatomy and Endotracheal Intubation: The Basics

Posted by Sam D. Say

Nov 29, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Airway Anatomy and Suction: The Top 5 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Sam D. Say

Oct 12, 2018 8:00:00 AM

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Clearing the Airway With SALAD: An Interview With Dr. James DuCanto

Posted by Sam D. Say

Sep 26, 2018 8:00:00 AM

Dr. James DuCanto wants to make one thing clear: he didn’t know what the implications would be when he started the project that would lead to the development of the SALAD technique. The project originally came about as the result of a question, curiosity, and a desire to make a difference. Seeing the rate of first pass failure in intubation among medical professionals, Dr. DuCanto asked himself, “How can I help them do a better job?”

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