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.


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