Nasopharyngeal Airways Case Study

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EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS Name Institution EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND PREPAREDNESS Compare Oropharyngeal and Nasopharyngeal Airways Both of these are types of airway adjuncts used in, disasters to treat patients in the field. Their differences are numerous. They also play different and specific roles in rescuing trauma patients. The first difference is visible in their prefixes, the ‘oro-’ is oral airways (OPAs) while the ‘naso-’ is nasal airways (NPAs) – related to the nose or rather…show more content…
He or she should be in a supine position with the rescuer beside him or her. Second stage is how and where the rescuer places his or her hands. The rescuer should place his or her dominant hand over the centre of the patient’s chest. The hand’s heel should align with the long axis of the sternum to focus compressive force on the sternum and minimize rib fractures. The next is the compression rate and interruptions. The rescuer should give 100 compressions per minute. Compression depth is also vital. The recommended depth should be 5cm (Taufiek, Pozner, Conrad, Cohn, & Schmitto, 2011). This is a tedious task due to the number of compressions required and the amount of care needed. Therefore, there should be many rescuers to change and ensure…show more content…
Role of Respiratory Therapists in a Disaster Respiratory therapists are the eyes and ears of health rescuers in the field as they asses as they treat patients on the seriousness of their respiratory injuries. In addition to this, they also ensure that the hospital staff are prepared and protected from harm that may arise because of rescuing respiratory injured patients. Injuries Following Trauma that may Require Respiratory Support Injuries may result after trauma that needs respiratory support. Gunshot wounds, blunt trauma and stitch impalement damage could warrant respiratory support following trauma involving them. Compare First, Second, Third and Fourth Degree Burns The first-degree burns are the least serious of the six-degree burns as it affect only the top layers of the skins and are easily treated at home by running the burned area under cold water and applying a soothing cream. The second-degree burns are more serious that first degree burns as they affect deeper layers of the skin hence more pain in this case compared to the former. The third degree burns are more serious than the first and second-degree burns. Electricity or chemicals mostly cause this kind of burns and burns the nerve endings. The charred are may not hurt but the area around it could hurt. This burn causes the victim to go into shock. Lastly is the most serious of the four – the fourth

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