KEY LEARNING POINTS
- Assessment of the airway is the first part of the ABCDE approach.
- An obstructed airway can be rapidly fatal. Basic manoeuvres and
early expert medical advice are essential.
- Beware airway obstruction in those with reduced consciousness who
cannot maintain their own airway reflexes.
- If you suspect secretions may be a problem, suction should be
- Urgent intramuscular or intravenous adrenaline is vital in anaphylactic airway
- If a patient stops breathing, you must assist their breathing.
This can be achieved using a bag and mask.
- Call for help early. A crash call will summon an anaesthetist,
with expertise in airway management.