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Parent Airway Management


Oropharyngeal Airway (OPA), Adult

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. Verbalizes patient has no gag reflex 1
Determines proper size airway by measuring it from the corner of the mouth to the tip of the ear lobe, or by measuring from the center of the mouth to the angle of the jaw. 1
Opens patient’s mouth in a manner that prevents rescuer from being bitten 1
Inserts airway by:

-        Insert with tip towards hard palate and rotating 180 degrees as the tip passes the soft palate into the pharynx

-        Inserting sideways and rotating 90 degrees as the tip passes the soft palate into the pharynx

-        Inserting after the tongue is displaced anteriorly with a tongue blade

Inserts airway so that the flange is resting on the lips, gums, or teeth 1
Assesses for chest rise, air exchange and abnormal sounds 1

Points Possible: 6                      Total Points Awarded_______________

Critical Criteria

●      Failure to properly measure OPA

●      Failure to properly insert OPA

●      Failure to assess ventilations after airway insertion


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Authors Catherine Mohr
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Language English (en)
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Created January 10, 2022 by Catherine Mohr
Modified March 1, 2023 by Felipe Schenone
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