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...
  • Print
Answer

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.


Did this answer your question?
Additional feedback? (Optional)
Thank you for your feedback!