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Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine
../../../ 1998

The Ten Commandments of emergency airway management for the rural physician

Table 1. Emergency airway management for the rural physician: keeping things simple

Have an organized "game plan."
Remain calm yourself.
The first priority is always, always, proper head position and ventilation.
Call for help early.
If you can't ventilate the patient properly with a bag-mask: intubate.
Keep track of time.
If your first intubation attempt fails, try a second time, but think about what you can do differently the second time around.
If you can't intubate: ventilate.
If you can't ventilate and can't intubate: open the neck.
Practise, practise, whenever you can.

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