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Nasopharyngeal Airway 9 pc Kit (20Fr-36Fr)
Nasopharyngeal Airway 9 pc Kit (20Fr-36Fr)


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Manufacturer #23908
Application Nasopharyngeal Airway Kit
ColorGreen or Blue
Size 20 Fr., 22Fr., 24 Fr., 26 Fr., 28 Fr., 30 Fr., 32 Fr., 34 Fr., 36 Fr.
Sterility Non-Sterile
Type Trumpet Style

Nasopharyngeal Airways are also known as an NPA, nasal trumpet, or nose hose. Nasopharyngeal airways are a type of Airway Adjunct (A tube meant to be inserted into a nasal passageway in order to secure an open airway. When a patient loses consciousness, the muscles in the jaw commonly relax giving chance for the tongue to obstruct the airway. The Flared end helps prevent the device from being lost in the patient's nose.

Often used by EMT's and Paramedics in situations where an artificial form of airway maintenance is necessary, but tracheal intubation is impossible or inadvisable. An NPW is often used in conscious patients where an oropharyngeal airway can trigger a gag reflex.

Insertion of an NPA is absolutely contraindicated in patients with severe head or facial injuries, or have evidence of a basilar skull fracture due to the possibility of direct intrusion into brain tissue.

Nasopharyngeal airways have also been used at home by sufferers of severe sleep apnea in rare cases.

The correct size airway is chosen by measuring the device on the patient. The device should reach from the patient's nostril to the earlobe or angle of the jaw. The outside of the tube is lubricated with a water-based lubricant so that it enters the nose more easily. The device is inserted until the flared end rests against the patient's nostril.

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