HealthCenter21: Airway - EMR

Students learn to assess the airways of patients and demonstrate both manual and mechanical techniques to assure a patent airway. Students then assess ventilation, respiration, and oxygenation, and familiarize themselves with methods to manage respiratory compromise and respiratory distress. They distinguish between adequate and inadequate ventilation and also determine the need for artificial ventilation and supplemental oxygen. Students learn how to correctly use equipment such as airway adjuncts, suctioning units, bag-valve masks, and non-rebreather masks.


Unit: Airway Management

In this unit, students will learn about airway management. They will learn how to manually open a patient's airway using the head-tilt, chin-lift maneuver and the jaw-thrust maneuver. They will also practice suctioning through the mouth and nose. Finally, they will insert airway adjuncts, using oropharyngeal devices. 


  1. Airway Assessment 
  2. Opening the Airway 
  3. Suctioning the Upper Airway 
  4. Airway Adjuncts 
  5. Quiz


Unit: Artificial Ventilation

In this unit, students will learn about the need for artificial ventilation. They will administer ventilation using the mouth-to-mask and bag-valve-mask methods. They will also apply cricoid pressure in order to make artificial ventilation more effective. 

  1. Ventilation 
  2. Artificial Ventilation 
  3. Mouth-to-Mask Ventilation 
  4. Bag-Valve Mask Ventilation 
  5. Cricoid Pressure 
  6. Quiz


Unit: Respiration Management

In this unit, students will learn about respiration management. They will learn how to safely use an oxygen cylinder and will practice methods of administering oxygen, such as the nasal cannula and the non-rebreather mask. 

  1. Introduction to Respiration 
  2. Supplemental Oxygen 
  3. Nasal Cannula 
  4. Non-Rebreather Mask 
  5. Quiz