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Basic Airway Management



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  • Describe basic airway anatomy
  • Review basic pulmonary physiology and understand the effects of sedation on respiration
  • Review basic airway exam
  • Identify patients with an abnormal pre-sedation airway evaluation and how this affects sedation risk
  • Understand the role of monitoring in respiratory surveillance including observation, auscultation, pulse oximetry and end-tidal CO2 monitoring
  • Describe clinical situations in which oxygen, bag-valve-mask ventilation or intubation may be needed, and review various airway-related emergency situations that may occur with sedated patients, including laryngospasm, foreign-body obstruction, emesis and aspiration, and bronchospasm
  • Demonstrate understanding of indications for utilization of airway equipment and describe sizing and placement for the following: oxygen, stethoscope, bag-valve-mask, oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways, laryngeal mask airway (LMA), endotracheal tube (ETT), bougie, stylet, laryngoscope; glidescope, Yankauer suction
  • Review basic techniques of ventilation using simulated experiences
  • Review basic techniques of intubation using simulated experiences with LMA, ETT
  • Demonstrate confirming tube placement and ventilation using chest rise and EtCO2