Today in ATC 221, clinical skills in athletic training, the first year athletic training students learned about devices to use for airway management. These include Oropharyngeal Airways (OPA), Nasopharyngeal Airways (NPAs), suction devices, resuscitation masks, and bag-valve masks. AT students learn these skills as part of their vital sign unit and professional rescuer CPR certification that is required for the AT program at Missouri State University. In class, most students practice these skills on mannequins and not each other as many are not appropriate to practice on a conscious individual. However, today, first year students Michael Nolan and Tyler Decavele of the students decided to practice the NPA on themselves (the one device that can be appropriately used on a conscious individual) and agreed to share their experience for this blog!
Video Link 1 (Michael) – IMG_0500
Video Link 2 (Tyler) – IMG_1457
**Disclaimer, this technique should not be attempted by anyone not formally trained. Second disclaimer, the content of the video and some language may be offensive to some viewers**