Airway management - UNITAF Force Manual (FM)


Group

Airway management
The FM outlines our core skills, policies and guides to ensure every member stands ready for the mission ahead.



Guide
FM/BG-435 - Understanding airways
Guide

Airways can become blocked when a casualty is unconscious, when rendering first aid the airway should be checked to see if it is blocked or occluded if this is not treated, then it will result in death of the casualty.

Airways can be cleared by turning or hyperextending the head or by using other advanced medical equipment. Once clear, a patient can be placed in the recovery position.

Skill
FM/BS-163 - Assess the airway
Skill

Assess the airway with “check airways” and categorize as one of the following states:

  • Clear
  • Occluded
  • Obstructed
The location of the

Above: The location of the "Check Airway" action and the result as seen in the activity log

Skill
FM/BS-263 - Turn the head to clear an occluded airway
Skill

Turn the patient's head to clear the occluded airway of the patient if an Accuvac is not available.

Action as seen in the medical menu

Above: Action as seen in the medical menu

Skill
FM/BS-262 - Use the Accuvac to clear an occluded airway
Skill

Use the Accuvac to clear the occluded airway of a patient.

Skill
FM/BS-266 - Hyperextend the head to clear an obstructed airway
Skill

Hyperextend the patient's head to clear the obstructed airway of the patient, and stay within 2m of the patient during the process.

Action as seen in the medical menu

Above: Action as seen in the medical menu

Skill
FM/BS-261 - Put the patient in the recovery position to keep the airway clear
Skill

Place the patient into a recovery position to keep the airway clear, if they:

  • are stable
  • do not need to be moved
Skill
FM/BS-264 - Use a guedeltube to prevent obstruction of the airway
Skill

Use a guedeltube to prevent obstruction of the airway after the airway has been cleared, if a King LT is not available.

Skill
FM/BS-265 - Use a King LT to keep the airway clear
Skill

Use a King LT to keep the airway clear after it has been cleared.

Skill
FM/BS-359 - Use a pulse oximeter to monitor patient breathing
Skill

Use pulse oximeter to monitor a patients blood oxygen levels, with low levels indicating the patient is not breathing normally.

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