Summary of 'Maxillofacial trauma patient' (Krausz et al, 2009). An article discussing the importance of effective airway management in the maxillofacial trauma patient and the complexities that such an injury presents. Only points relevant to UK paramedics have been included. For more details, please read the original article.
Adrenaline, amiodorone, sodium chloride... What do our guidelines say about when, how and how much of these drugs we should be giving?
According to research by Khosraven et al (2015) one of the main disadvantages of an OP airway is that its length, shape & lack of an inflatable cuff may cause oxygen to leak, leading to less oxygen than we might hope for entering the patient's lungs.
These are strokes that are caused by a blockage in the blood flow to the brain. They may be treated with thrombolysis if not contra-indicated. <>
Or: – What are the landmarks for Needle Cricothyroidotomy (Needle Cric)? The cannula should be inserted ‘into the trachea via the cricothyroid membrane’ (Gregory & Mursell, 2010: 28).
The largest number is the smallest cannula. Cannulas range from the 26g purple to the 14g orange. As a list: - 26g purple - 24g yellow - 22g Blue - 20g Red - 18g Green - 16g Grey - 14g Orange
If the person cannot: ‘understand the information relevant to the decision’ ‘retain that information’ Remember, the person only needs to retain this information long enough to decide ‘use or weigh […]
Or: How do you decide if someone has capacity? Someone always has capacity until it’s proven otherwise ‘[…] All practical steps to help’ someone make a decision must be tried […]