Airway Management Steps

Essential steps in managing a tracheostomy-related emergency

 

Below are the algorithms for tracheostomy and laryngectomy emergencies. Please familiarise yourself with them. 

 

The essential steps in managing a tracheostomy-related emergency are:

 

  • Recognise whether the patient has a potentially patent upper airway or not:

    • Tracheostomy or laryngectomy

    • Known difficult upper airway

  • Call for appropriate help

  • Apply oxygen to the face and tracheostomy

  • Assess the patency of the tracheostomy

  • Remove a blocked or displaced tracheostomy if the patient is deteriorating

  • Basic oxygenation

  • Basic and advanced ventilation

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