Airway management for nurses: emergency assessment and care

Higginson, Ray; Jones, Bridie; Davies, Kevin
September 2010
British Journal of Nursing (BJN);9/9/2010, Vol. 19 Issue 16, p1006
Academic Journal
Within the hospital environment patients can deteriorate rapidly and for many different reasons. Maintaining a patient's breathing is the main priority in any emergency situation--although achieving airway control can be difficult. All health professionals need to be able to safely undertake airway management and the key to the management of an airway is through a thorough assessment, to firstly ensure whether the airway is patent or not. This article will discuss airway management--both acute and chronic--as well as associated nursing care.


Related Articles

  • Capping a cuffed tracheostomy tube. Morris, Linda L.; Grossbach, Irene // Critical Care Nurse;Apr2012, Vol. 32 Issue 2, p12 

    A letter is presented in response to the article "Promoting Effective Communication for Patients Receiving Mechanical Ventilation," by Irene Grossbach and colleagues in the June 2011 issue; a response by Irene Grossbach to the letter is also included.

  • Pulmonary Care. A Nurse's Experience Being Intubated and Receiving Mechanical Ventilation. Jenabzadeh, Nicole E.; Chlan, Linda // Critical Care Nurse;Dec2011, Vol. 31 Issue 6, p51 

    A nurse with a history of childhood asthma describes her experiences with intubation and mechanical ventilation. It is important for nurses to recognize that mechanical ventilation is very stressful for patients and for the patients' families. It is essential for nurses to keep the patient as...

  • Managing the newborn infant with a difficult airway. Johansen, Lauren C.; Mupanemunda, Richard H.; Danha, Ratidzo F. // Infant;Jul2012, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p116 

    Airway management is a core skill in neonatology and proficiency in managing the difficult airway may be life-saving in an acute emergency. In the following article the authors outline a three-step intervention which aims to improve neonatal airway management within the Southern West Midlands...

  • Gli infermieri e la gestione delle vie aeree attraverso l'intubazione orotracheale: videolaringoscopio Mcgrath serie 5® vs laringoscopio Macintosh. Studio su manichino. Giusti, Gian Domenico; Piergentili, Federica // SCENARIO: Official Italian Journal of ANIARTI;Mar2011, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p10 

    Background: orotracheal intubation by direct laryngoscopy is a lifesaving procedure and it is used for airways safety. This procedure can be used, after training, only by physicians and clinic personnel which works on extra hospital emergency setting. During intra and extra hospital emergency,...

  • Pentax-AWS videolaryngoscope for nasotracheal intubation in patients with difficult airways. Moon, Eun-Jin; Kim, Mi-Kyeong; Kim, Keon-Sik // Korean Journal of Anesthesiology;Jan2013, Vol. 64 Issue 1, p87 

    A letter to the editor discussing the case study of two patients suffering from difficulty in airways who were treated by using the pentax airway scope (AWS) that is a videolaryngoscope for nasotracheal intubation is presented.

  • Airway management in odontogenic infections. McKernon, David; McKernon, Sarah // Dental Nursing;Jul2014, Vol. 10 Issue 7, p394 

    The article describes the case of a 53 year old woman patient presented with a 5 day history of toothache and referred by her general dental practitioner for incision and drainage. Upon presentation to the oral and maxillofacial department, she was observed to have a hot potato voice or muffled...

  • Is intubation really needed? Consider risks, alternatives. Kusterbeck, Stacey // ED Nursing;Nov2011, Vol. 15 Issue 1, p8 

    The article offers information on other options and alternatives in if intubation is needed. According to nurse Sybil Murray, coaching the patient through deep breathing and relaxation techniques are sometimes enough to forego an emergent intubation. It mentions on several considerations when...

  • Emergency airway management: common ventilation techniques. Higginson, Ray; Parry, Andy // British Journal of Nursing;4/11/2013, Vol. 22 Issue 7, p366 

    Maintaining a patient's airway and facilitating breathing are the main priorities during any emergency situation in which breathing is compromised. The key to safe management of an airway is thorough assessment, primarily to ensure the airway is patent. In an emergency situation, a...

  • Trends and challenges in the management of tracheostomy in older people: The need for a multidisciplinary team approach. Parker, Vicki; Shylan, Gai; Archer, Wendy; Mcmullen, Paula; Morrison, Jane; Austin, Nikki // Contemporary Nurse: A Journal for the Australian Nursing Profess;2007, Vol. 26 Issue 2, p177 

    The trend towards increasing representation of older people as recipients of health care in acute care settings is matched with a corresponding increase in the numbers of older people undergoing tracheostomy.The reasons for tracheostomy in this age group are varied, including respiratory...


Read the Article


Sign out of this library

Other Topics