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Chapter 24. Tracheal Intubation in an Uncooperative Patient With a Neck Injury

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The mnemonic RODS is used in assessing difficulty with which of the following?

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A. laryngoscopic Intubation

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B. bag-mask-ventilation

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C. use of an extraglottic device

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D. flexible bronchoscopic intubation

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E. ventilator management

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(C) RODS (Restricted mouth opening, Obstruction of upper airway, Disrupted or distorted airway, Stiff lungs or cervical spine) is a mnemonic intended to identify successful use of an extraglottic device.

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Regarding chemical sedation as an adjunct to control the airway assessment in the emergency patient which of the following is true?

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A. should be used in combination with a second agent

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B. not useful in trauma patients

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C. can cause hypoxemia

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D. not indicated in airway management

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E. only useful in psychiatric patients

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(C) Depending on the clinical status of the patient and the dose used, most pharmacological sedatives can cause hypoxemia.

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Ultrasound can be useful as an adjunct in intubation in all of the following EXCEPT

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A. diagnose a Pneumothorax

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B. locate the cricothyroid membrane

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C. observe tube pass into the trachea

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D. observe tube pass into the esophagus

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E. locate the tube in the lower trachea

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(C) Since the air in the tracheal lumen does not transmit ultrasound waves, the lumen of the trachea is difficult to visualize.

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