Respiratory Emergencies

Information Covered:

  1. Airway Assessment
    1. Purpose
    2. Procedure
    3. Anticipating the Difficult Airway
  2. Techniques of assuring a patent airway
    1. Manual airway maneuvers
    2. Mechanical airway devices
    3. Relief of Foreign Body Airway Obstruction
      1. Airway suctioning
    4. Blind insertion airway devices
    5. Endotracheal intubation
      1. Direct laryngoscopy (visualized)
      2. Non-visualized
        1. Nasal
        2. Digital
        3. Lighted stylet
        4. Fiber optic (Shikaini Seeing Optical Stylet (SOS), Glide scope)
    6. Percutaneous cricothyrotomy
    7. Rapid ventilation, exhaustion, dead space air movement
    8. Mechanical ventilation
    9. Breathing against an elevated diaphragm
    10. Decreases in lung compliance such as pneumonia, emphysema, and trauma
    11. Ventilation-perfusion mismatch
      1. Perfusion defects
      2. Anemia
      3. Blood loss
    12. Disruptions in effective circulation
    13. Disruptions at the cellular level
  3. Management of Adequate and Inadequate Respiration
    1. Respiratory Compromise
  4. Supplemental Oxygen Therapy

A. Review the oxygen delivery devices

B. Oxygen administration and the patient with hypercapnia

C. Age-Related Variations in Pediatric and Geriatric Patients

Content Creator: Joyce Lockwood
CAPCE Course Number: 20-EMTP-F3-3203
Total CE Hours: 1
Level: Advanced
EMT-CE uses the NEMSES guidelines as the foundation for every course outline.