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DOI:
10.1093/med/9780199202447.003.0042
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date: 17 October 2018

Aims of airway management 260

Upper airway obstruction 260

Airway manoeuvres 261

Ventilation 266

To relieve upper airway obstruction.

To facilitate positive pressure ventilation.

To protect respiratory tract from aspiration of gastric contents.

Upper airway obstruction is a commonly encountered emergency and is often relieved by simple basic airway manoeuvres. Although many patients will go on to require more advanced management (e.g. tracheal intubation), such procedures carry a high failure rate and should not be performed by inexperienced practitioners. However, it is still useful to have a good knowledge about advanced airway manoeuvres as it enables the non-anaesthetist to prepare some of the equipment needed and to assist during the procedure once expert help has arrived....

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