How is the airway maintained in patients with anaphylaxis?

Updated: May 16, 2018
  • Author: S Shahzad Mustafa, MD; Chief Editor: Michael A Kaliner, MD  more...
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Establishing and maintaining an airway or providing ventilatory assistance may be necessary. One of the quickest, easiest, and most effective ways to support ventilation involves a 1-way valve facemask with oxygen inlet port (eg, Pocket-Mask [Laerdal Medical Corporation, Gatesville, Tex] or similar device). Artificial ventilation via the mouth-to-mask technique with oxygen attached to the inlet port has provided oxygen saturations comparable to endotracheal intubation. Patients with adequate spontaneous respirations may breathe through the mask.

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