How to use a nasopharyngeal airway (NPA)
Lubricate the nasopharyngeal airway with water-soluble jelly. Insert into the nostril (preferably right) vertically along the floor of the nose with a slight twisting action. Aim towards the back of the opposite eyeball. Confirm airway patency.
What is an NPA?
A flexible rubber tube which goes through the nose ends at base of tongue (an adjunct to help keep airway open). An oxygen mask or bag mask ventilation can be applied over the top if needed.
Use: prevents tongue covering epiglottis in patients with reduced GCS. It is tolerated better than oropharyngeal airways in more alert patients.
Size: Average height females require a size 6 NPA and average height males a size 7 NPA (Portex sizing). Sizing using the patient’s finger as a guide is no longer recommended.
How to insert an NPA
Lubricate the nasopharyngeal airway with water-soluble jelly
Insert into the nostril (preferably right) vertically along the floor of the nose with a slight twisting action
Aim towards the back of the opposite eyeball
Confirm airway patency
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