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When are u supposed to use a nasopharyngeal airway?

When are u supposed to use a nasopharyngeal airway?

See answer: A nasopharyngeal airway is used to hold the palate forward and maintain the air passage from the nose into the throat. It's most commonly employed after surgery as the patient is wakening who is having a hard time breathing through the nose, when there is significant palate swelling making nasal breathing difficult, or the unconscious patient who is breathing spontaneously but is needing better no. ...Read more

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Dr. Louis Gallia
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Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (Definition)

Continuous positive airway pressure involves the constant application of external pressure to all phases of breathing. The patient would feel as if breathing against the constant headwind. Inhalation would be easier as the pressure enables air entry. Exhalation prevents complete relaxation. This can be helpful in obstructive sleep ...Read more


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Help doctors! what're the two fractures that contraindicate using a nasopharyngeal airway?

Help doctors! what're the two fractures that contraindicate using a nasopharyngeal airway?

Face,Skull Fx: Npa is contraindicated with severe head or facial injuries, specially with fx of the base of the skull(battle"s sign), in that case oropharyngeal iairway is recommended. ...Read more

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How can you best destroy small afferent nerve fibers in the nasopharynx/pharynx?

How can you best destroy small afferent nerve fibers in the nasopharynx/pharynx?

Why?: Afferent nerves take sensation from these areas. Losing sensation in these areas could cause severe swallowing and choking problems and loss of pain sensation. ...Read more

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I just got over a cold. Then felt like I had something between my nose and throat, I'm guessing behind my soft palette or nasopharynx. I felt like it went up and down but didn't come out from nose or throat, couldn't talk very well. Eventually after takin

I just got over a cold. Then felt like I had something between my nose and throat, I'm guessing behind my soft palette or nasopharynx. I felt like it went up and down but didn't come out from nose or throat, couldn't talk very well. Eventually after takin

Question?: I think your question was cut off. This description is typical for "globus sensation" or "globus pharyngis". Irritation of the delicate tissue above and around the vocal cords gives the sensation of a "lump". It will resolve days after the inciting event or it may be associated with chronic post-nasal drip/rhinitis. For the latter, treatment of the chronic rhinitis makes it disappear. ...Read more

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What is a chronic airways obstruction?

What is a chronic airways obstruction?

2 types: Maybe more but one is chronic obstructive that you see in emphysema (COPD) and another type is rare but is where a physical obstruction such as a tumor is blocking the airway. Most chronic obstr is due to genetic or smoking related or other environmental factors that break down good lung tissue and replace it with scar tissue. ...Read more

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What to do if I'm feeling like my airways are constricted?

What to do if I'm feeling like my airways are constricted?

They may be.: Are you wheezing, coughing, having trouble taking a deep breath. Do you have a fever, chest pain, swollen legs, palpitations? Do you have a history of asthma or allergies? All these questions are necessary for us to give you any specific advice. No matter what, if you are having trouble breathing now, and it is severe, call 911 or go to an ER. If you it is recent but not as bad, get seen tomorrow ...Read more

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How to fix narrow airway on baby?

How to fix narrow airway on baby?

Oh, please...: Please, don't do anything to your baby. It's physiological in babies of having short and narrow airways, s/times even floppy. But baby will overgrow it in a near future. You don't have to fix it, unless it causing a serious breathing issues. ...Read more

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What would do if a person's airway gets blocked?

What would    do if a person's airway gets blocked?

Heimlich maneuver: http://heimlichinstitute.com/page.php?id=34.

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What is small airway disease? How to fix it?

What is small airway disease? How to fix it?

Check with your doc: This could be a lot of stuff. Or possibly a falsely abnormal result. Check with your lung doc. It may indicate early lung disease. Better be safe. ...Read more

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What causes a airway spasm? And how common is it?

What causes a airway spasm? And how common is it?

Triggers: We all have receptors in our airways that are triggered by irritants, cold air, cigarette smoke, inhaled dusts which can cause airway or bronchospasms. Also, often times airways can spasm after exercise, which is known as exercise-induced bronchoconstriction. If you have allergies, your airways could also be more reactive to those particular allergies. ...Read more

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What does a piece of plastic in the airway feel like?

What does a piece of plastic in the airway feel like?

Anything or nothing : Plastic in the airway can be life threatening and requires urgent evaluation by a specialist. It's not safe to "wait and see". There aren't always symptoms. If symptoms are to be present, they can include cough, shortness of breath, voice change, fever, asthma-like attack, pneumonia-type picture or respiratory distress. ...Read more

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Why might it be that my nose and nasal airways feel chronically inflamed?

Why might it be that my nose and nasal airways feel chronically inflamed?

Nose inflammation: Could be that you have allergies, viral infection, bacterial infection or your nose may be reacting to something that you are breathing, like smoke, fumes or pollution. It could also be that you simply have a dry nose. Nasal saline can be used for all of the above conditions and it can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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What is reactive airway disease?

What is reactive airway disease?

Reactive airway: Reactive airway disease merely means that the bronchioles are responding to an outside allergen resulting in constriction of the smooth muscles. Typical examples are bronchial asthma and bronchitis. ...Read more

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How serious is an airway infection?

How serious is an airway infection?

Airway infection: Miore information is needed. The airway is relatively small, especially in children. An infection can be minimal, like a common cold or laryngitis or serious like an abscess. Serious swelling from infection can obstruct breathing be life threatening. ...Read more

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How can we manage the airway injuries in dental office?

How can we manage the airway injuries in dental office?

PREVENTION !: Are you referring to objects /debris from dental procedures blocking the airway? I use latex-free rubber dam when removing amalgam fillings or performing root canal treatment. This prevents anything from going down the airway. When performing restorative dentistry, I use the isolite (photo attached) which prevents anything dislodged from going down the patients throat/ airway. ...Read more

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In first aid, what does 'maintenance of the airway' mean?

In first aid, what does 'maintenance of the airway' mean?

Let explain(ABC): Airway, breathing, and circulation are vital for life, and each is required, in that order. In this simple usage, the rescuer is required to open the airway (using a technique such as "head tilt - chin lift"), then check for normal breathing. These two steps should provide the initial assessment of whether the patient will require CPR or not. ...Read more

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What is the difference between airway disease and asthma?

What is the difference between  airway disease and asthma?

Difference...: Airways disease is a more general term that describes many disorders, including asthma. That is, asthma is one form of airways disease. ...Read more

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Dr. Moshe Lewis
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Excessive Airway Mucus Secretion (Definition)

My definition is mucus that is so thick and sticky that it can impair the airway esp the larynx and vocal cords One approach is using proteolytic enzymes such as papain and bromelain, such as Clear.ease Increase fluid intake and take ...Read more


Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
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Bacterial Infection Of Upper Airway (Definition)

Bacterial tracheitis is most often caused by the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus. It can follow a recent viral upper respiratory infection. It affects mostly young children, possibly because their small trachea is ...Read more