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Training Categorized: Airway Management

One of the most invasive airway procedures that can be performed by a paramedic is a surgical cricothyrotomy. Although infrequent, this procedure could mean the difference between life and death for a patient when there are no other means of securing their airway. With that being said, surgical cricothyrotomy is only to be used when other methods for ventilating a patient are not possible, such as endotracheal intubation or the use of a BVM. We must also add, ALWAYS FOLLOW YOUR LOCAL PROTOCOLS AND PROCEDURES!!

In most cases, cricothyrotomy is not needed, as prior attempts at establishing an airway are usually successful. The incidence level for...

Both Croup and Epiglottitis are inflammatory conditions capable of impairing the upper airway. Though different by nature, croup, and epiglottitis present with similar signs and symptoms, making it difficult for EMS personnel to differentiate between the two. In this article, we will discuss the differences in these conditions and how to treat and manage them.

Croup

Croup is an acute form of laryngotracheobronchitis, which is inflammation of the larynx, trachea, and bronchi (and also a ridiculously long word). Croup commonly occurs in infants and children ages 6 months to 6 years and is characterized by low-grade fever, barking cough, hoarseness,...

Rapid Sequence Intubation

THE INFORMATION CONTAINED IN THIS DOCUMENT SHOULD BE USED FOR TRAINING ONLY. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL OF YOUR LOCAL PROTOCOLS WHEN PERFORMING PATIENT CARE.

In the prehospital setting, airway is your first priority when treating a conscious or semi-conscious patient (If they’re unconscious, we check circulation first to determine the need for compressions, then we check airway). Endotracheal intubation is the most definitive treatment in securing a patent airway. If a patient is having trouble keeping a patent airway, has impending respiratory arrest, or you, as a prehospital care provider, see that a patient is deteriorating...