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Part of NREMT Skillset
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Acting roles EMT, emergency medical technician, paramedic
Pathologies congenital, hypoxia
Body systems respiratory system
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Type Medical skill
Keywords intubated patient, medical, trauma
SDGs Sustainable Development Goals SDG03 Good health and well-being
Authors GSTC
Published 2020
License CC BY-SA 4.0
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Ventilations of an intubated patient should take place every 6 seconds. This 6 second rule is true of any advanced airway which includes supraglottic airways such as a King Tube or Laryngeal Mask Airway (see below). Each ventilation should be delivered smoothly over 1-1.5 seconds and should produce adequate chest rise and fall. The entire bag does not need to be emptied, in fact doing so will often over ventilate the patient and lead to complications such as barotrauma.

Attach the BVM to the port at the proximal end of the advanced airway and hold it in place with opposing pressures. When ventilating, the head-tilt chin lift procedure may be used if ventilations need to be troubleshot, but an intubated patient does not require such a procedure to be adequately ventilated as the endotracheal tube has been passed into the trachea past most potential anatomical roadblocks.

Note the depth of the ETT when ventilations have been started and continually reassess that the depth has not changed, especially after any high motion procedure such as placing the patient on a backboard or stretcher or moving the patient to/from the ambulance. Any changes to the depth of the ETT should immediately be reported to the paramedic.