Obstructed Airway - Unconscious

BLS

 

  1. Stabilize cervical spine if potential for injury exists.
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  3. If the patient has no breathing or agonal gasps, begin CPR, starting with compressions.
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  5. Continue 2 minute cycles of CPR (30:2 for the adult, 15:2 for the infant and child with more than one rescuer).
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  7. Prior to giving respirations check for an obstructing object. If an object is visualized, remove it.
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  9. Attempt to ventilate.
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  11. If unable to ventilate, repeat above steps until material is dislodged. Suction the patient as needed.
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  13. If patient remains unconscious, transportation by ALS is preferred.
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  15. If the object is dislodged, assess airway, breathing, and circulation. Proceed with appropriate protocol.

 

ALS

 

  1. Use of the Magill forceps may be necessary to dislodge objects.