First Aid Responder Level 3 (VTQ)

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Basic airway management

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Basic Airway Management Techniques

Importance of Airway Management

Effective airway management is critical in emergency situations as a patient's life can cease within roughly eight minutes without intervention. It is the cornerstone of any assessment.

Head Tilt-Chin Lift Method

The **head tilt-chin lift** technique involves ensuring the head is in line and the airway is clear. By tilting the head back, the tongue is pulled away from the throat, allowing for proper airflow.

Assessment and Clearance

Inspecting the airway for any obstructions such as fluid, blood, or foreign objects is essential. **Removal** of these obstructions is necessary to maintain a clear airway.

Suction and Postural Drainage

If the airway still contains fluids, **suction** or **postural drainage** may be required. Postural drainage involves positioning the patient to facilitate drainage, while suction aids in clearing excess fluids using appropriate equipment.

Jaw Thrust Maneuver

The **jaw thrust** method, suitable for patients with spinal injuries, involves gently pushing the jaw forward to clear the airway without tilting the head. This technique prevents potential neck damage.

Assessment of Breathing

After clearing the airway, it is crucial to **assess breathing** by observing, listening, and feeling for rhythmic breaths. Normal breathing should occur at a rate between 12 and 20 breaths per minute.

Learning Outcomes:
  • FPOS Extended unit 2 LO3.9
  • IPOSi Unit two LO2.1 & 2.2