It is important to assess the airway of every trauma patient encountered. This may be as simple as asking the patient a question and listening to voice quality as he/she responds. Indications for further airway intervention include apnea, respiratory distress, airway obstruction, and inability to protect the airway. A patient with a depressed level of consciousness due to head injury or shock will be unable to protect the airway and may have airway obstruction due to thetongue falling posteriorly into the oropharynx.
KeywordsDifficult Airway Cervical Spine Injury Nasal Airway Cricoid Pressure Airway Intervention
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