<< Emergency Department Evaluation And Management Of Blunt Chest And Lung Trauma (Trauma CME)


Airway Management

The goals of trauma airway management are to protect the airway and to ensure appropriate oxygenation/ventilation. With trauma to the thorax, oxygenation may be impaired by pulmonary contusion and/or abnormal respiratory mechanics (rib fracture, flail chest, and pneumothorax). The patient should be given supplemental oxygen and/or non-invasive positive-pressure ventilation (NIPPV) via nasal or face mask if hypoxic or showing excessive work of breathing.

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