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Lesson 23. Airway and Breathing


a. Maintain a patent airway by proper positioning of the patient. Whenever possible, position the patient on his side with the chin extended. This prevents the tongue from obstructing the airway.

(1) This lateral recumbent position is often referred to as the "coma position."
(2) It is the safest position for a patient who is left unattended.

b Suction the mouth, pharynx, and trachea as often as necessary to prevent aspiration of secretions.

c. Reposition the patient from side-to-side to prevent pooling of mucous and secretions in the lungs.

d. Administer oxygen as ordered.

e. Always have suction available to prevent aspiration of vomitus.

David L. Heiserman, Editor

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Revised: June 06, 2015