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Securing a nasopharyngeal airway

  • Y Bajaj (a1), C Gadepalli (a1) and L C Knight (a1)
Abstract
Objective:

The nasopharyngeal airway is a simple airway adjunct used by various healthcare professionals. It is the least invasive method of safely managing upper airway obstruction. The objective of this report was to describe a rapid and very simple method of securing a nasopharyngeal airway in an agitated patient.

Method:

We describe a simple method of securing a nasopharyngeal airway, using safety pins and tapes.

Result:

This technique has been used by the authors in several emergency situations and has been found to be quick and effective.

Conclusion:

The nasopharyngeal airway is a simple piece of equipment that is cheap and easy to use. The technique described in this article is a simple, practical and effective method of securing a nasopharyngeal airway in an emergency situation.

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Address for correspondence: Mr Yogesh Bajaj, 2 Tall Trees, Leeds LS17 7WA, UK. Fax: 01132663305 E-mail: ybajaj@hotmail.co.uk
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The Journal of Laryngology & Otology
  • ISSN: 0022-2151
  • EISSN: 1748-5460
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