Maintaining an airway
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Maintaining an airway

Philip Jevon Resuscitation officer/clinical skills lead, Manor Hospital, Walsall, West Midlands

Patients who require resuscitation often have airway obstruction, usually secondary to loss of consciousness, however, sometimes airway obstruction may be the primary cause of cardiorespiratory arrest (Nolan et al 2005). Airway obstruction can be subtle and is often undetected. The nurse must be able to recognise and treat airway obstruction to help ensure adequate oxygenation.

Nursing Standard. 22, 26,35-37. doi: 10.7748/ns2008.03.22.26.35.c6425

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phil.jevon@walsallhospitals.nhs.uk

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