Basic Airway Management for the Professional Nurse.
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.
Tola, DH; Rojo, A; Morgan, B
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