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What is the definition of trauma?

‘Trauma is the acute physiological and structural change that occurs in a patient’s body when an external source of energy dissipates faster than the body’s ability to sustain and dissipate […]

When do you use an NPA?

Or: When do you use a nasopharygeal airway? ‘…in the presence of trismus, an intact gag reflex, or oral trauma’ (Gregory & Mursell, 2010: 7) Gregory, P. and Mursell, I. […]

Where are most airway obstructions?

These ‘may occur at any level from the nose to the trachea’ but are commonly found ‘at the level of the pharynx’ (Gregory & Mursell, 2010: 2) Next: Find out […]

What causes airway obstruction?

‘posterior displacement of the tongue caused by reduced muscle tone’ ‘soft palate and the epiglottis’ vomit blood ‘swelling of the airway (e.g. anaphylaxis)’ ‘foreign body’ ‘laryngeal spasm’ (Gregory & Mursell, […]