Out-Of-Hospital Airway Management: Knowledge and Equipment

  • S. Russo
  • C. Eich
  • A. Timmermann


The 2005 European Resuscitation Council Guidelines for Adult Advanced Life Support state that the tracheal tube remains the gold standard for securing the airways during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), when placed by experienced personnel [1]. It provides a patent airway, protection from the aspiration of gastric contents or blood from the oropharynx, the ability to provide an adequate tidal volume during chest compressions, the ability to aspirate tracheal secretions, a route for administering drugs, and the ability to deliver positive pressure ventilation [2].


Tracheal Intubation Emergency Medical Service Airway Management Laryngeal Mask Airway Airway Device 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. Russo
    • 1
  • C. Eich
    • 1
  • A. Timmermann
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Anaesthesiology, Emergency and Intensive Care MedicineUniversity of GöttingenGermany

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