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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, 2010: 2)

Gregory, P. and Mursell, I. (2010) Manual of Clinical Paramedic Procedures, Sussex: John Wiley & Sons

naso-pharyngeal tube used to open the airway


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