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Monday, August 8, 2016

Airway anatomy

The Resus Room - August 6, 2016 - By Andrew Merelman
“The best position to kill a patient in, from an airway perspective, is flat on their back.”
-Rich Levitan – @airwaycam
"This is one of the most important concepts in emergency airway management. Rich knows this better than anyone, having examined 20 cadaveric airways per month for the past 16 years in addition to clinical research. He coined the term “coffin position” to describe the detriment of having your patient supine. Cannot Oxygenate Face Flat in Neutral position. There are a few reasons this is true and it is important to understand them. Not only will it help improve patient outcomes but it will make you better at managing airways...
The bottom line: patients with a compromised airway should be positioned upright in the ear-to-sternal notch position. Use a jaw thrust to resolve anatomical airway obstruction."