Airway management and ventilation are the highest priorities in patient
management. While this statement may seem like an oversimplification,
few situations more rapidly cause disability and death than airway and
breathing compromise. Maintaining the airway and ensuring breathing are
almost always the very first considerations when treating emergency
patients. Paramedic: Airway Management is a
comprehensive stand-alone program, which meets and exceeds the airway
management objectives as outlined in the 1998 U.S. Department of
Transportation Paramedic National Standard Curriculum.
Paramedic: Airway Management,
written by a paramedic for paramedics, uses a case-based approach to
help future paramedics develop analytical skills, while learning the
content and skills of airway management.
Progressive Case Studies - Each chapter opens with a case study that introduces a
patient and follows the case from dispatch to delivery at the emergency
room. The case progressively gets more detailed as new material is
presented to the reader. Answers and rationales for the case study
appear in the end of chapter activities.
Skill Drills - Skill Drills present step-by-step explanations with a visual
summary of key skills and procedures to enhance the students'
Special Needs Boxes - This feature serves to highlight specific concerns and
procedures for particular segments of the population, like the elderly
and/or pediatric patient.
Paramedic Safety - This feature provides advice on how to stay safe in the field.
Teamwork Tips - This feature offers practical advice and information on teamwork
and communication with other healthcare providers.
Documentation Tips - This feature provides advice on how to document patient care to prevent problems down the road.
End of Chapter Activities include:
Review of all basic level skills and an introduction to advanced skills of the
paramedic. Topics include roles and responsibilities, stress management,
communications and medical/legal/ethical issues. This course provides
an introduction to clinical pre-hospital pharmacology, IV access and
advanced airway management techniques. Lab work involves IV access
techniques, endotracheal intubation, computing dosages, preparing
medications for administration and practice in all administrative
techniques. Skills are taught/practiced in the laboratory/hospital/field
setting. Students must satisfactorily perform all practical skills to
successfully complete the course.
Chapter 1: Introduction to Emergency Airway Management and Ventilation
Chapter 2: Clinical Airway Anatomy
Chapter 3: Physiology
Chapter 4: Evaluating Airway Patency and Ventilatory Efficiency
Chapter 5: Supplemental Oxygen Therapy
Chapter 6: Basic Airway Management Techniques
Chapter 7: Positive Pressure Ventilation
Chapter 8: Techniques of Positive Pressure Ventilation
Chapter 9: Endotracheal Intubation
Chapter 10: Techniques of Endotracheal Intubation
Chapter 11: Postintubation Procedures
Chapter 12: Nonsurgical Alternatives to Intubation
Chapter 13: Pharmacological Aids in Emergency Intubation
Chapter 14: Pediatric Airway Management
Chapter 15: Surgical and Pseudo-surgical Airways
Appendix: Special Situations