Nasopharyngeal Airway (NPA)

Candidate Name: _________________________________________ Date: ______________________

Examiner Name and Signature: _________________________________________________________

Time Started: __________ Time Ended: __________ Points: _____/6 PASS/FAIL (Circle One)

Points Possible Points Awarded
Maintains the head in a neutral position if cervical spine injury is suspected 1
Sizes the airway by selecting an airway adjunct that extends from the patient’s nostril to the tip of the earlobe or the angle of the jaw 1
The adjunct is lubricated properly 1
Airway is gently inserted with the bevel towards the nasal septum or floor of nose 1
If resistance is met, airway is removed and insertion is attempted in the other nostril 1
Inserts the airway until the flange rests on the nostril 1
Assesses for chest rise, air exchange and abnormal sounds 1

Points Possible: 6                     Total Points Awarded_______________

Critical Criteria

●      Failure to properly measure NPA

●      Failure to lubricate NPA

●      Failure to assess ventilations after airway insertion


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