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Minimally Invasive Airway Management

nextgen learning designed to elevate your airway practice


in cardiac arrest, some things are more important than intubation


Your patient is unresponsive with no pulse. The urge is to start bagging the patient and prepare for intubation. Instead, learn how to prioritize and plan for an airway strategy that will support the goals of cardiac resuscitation and lead to better outcomes.

Provide Good airway hygiene
Don’t make things worse

Just because you’re not immediately placing an endotracheal tube doesn’t mean the role of airway management in cardiac arrest isn’t vital. Good airway hygiene during cardiac arrest is not simply avoiding any interruption of chest compressions but also being fastidious about what it is you do:

  • Suction airway contamination
  • Remove airway obstructions
  • Work with compressions & pauses
  • Do not impede venous return:
    • Keep RR rate low
    • Keep tidal volumes low

Good airway hygiene is frequently lacking during cardiac arrests. It’s your job to clean it up! Make sure you and the airway team keep the airway patent, suction, and avoid aggressive bagging and stomach insufflation, and don’t impede venous return by over-inflation of the lungs.

Earn Points

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  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

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