Basic Airway Management for the Professional Nurse.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

The registered nurse (RN) on a medical-surgical nursing unit may be the first health care professional to encounter a patient with the signs of impending respiratory failure. Importantly, the RN must recognize the signs of respiratory compromise and possess the competence and confidence to intervene without delay. Signs of respiratory deterioration, physical assessment, and respiratory laboratory studies are reviewed. Modes of oxygen therapy, basic airway management techniques, including bag mask ventilation, and use of oropharyngeal and nasopharyngeal airways are discussed. The assembly of equipment and medications frequently used for intubation are also outlined.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Tola, DH; Rojo, A; Morgan, B

Published Date

  • September 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 56 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 379 - 388

PubMed ID

  • 34366158

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-1357

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0029-6465

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.cnur.2021.04.005


  • eng