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By Anna Donald, Andrew Haines, Beckinham, Grundy, David Grundy, Andrew Swain

ISBN-10: 0727915185

ISBN-13: 9780727915184

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N Engl J Med 1999;341:871-8. 6 Airway control, ventilation, and oxygenation Robert Simons Introduction Oxidative cellular metabolism requires a constant consumption of oxygen by all organs, amounting to 250 ml/min in a typical adult. This necessitates both an unobstructed bellows action by the lungs to replace oxygen and eliminate carbon dioxide in the gas phase, and a continuous pulsatile action by the heart for effective delivery of the blood to the tissues. The “oxygen cascade” described by J B West 35 years ago explains how oxygen is conducted down a series of tension gradients from the atmosphere to cellular mitochondria.

Some rescue masks incorporate an inlet port for supplementary oxygen, although in an emergency an oxygen delivery tube can be introduced under the mask cuff or clenched in the rescuer’s mouth. Mouth-to-mask ventilation Bag-valve devices Self-refilling manual resuscitation bags are available that attach to a mask and facilitate bag-valve-mask (BVM) ventilation with air and supplementary oxygen. They are capable of delivering tidal volumes in excess of 800 ml; these volumes are now considered to be excessive, difficult to deliver, and liable to distend the stomach with air.

Note 1: DC shock always given under sedation/general anaesthesia. ** Note 2: Not to be used in patients receiving ␤ blockers. *** Note 3: Theophylline and related compounds block the effect of adenosine. Patients on dipyridamile, carbamazepine, or with denervated hearts have a markedly exaggerated effect, which may be hazardous. Algorithm for narrow complex tachycardia (presumed supraventricular tachycardia). Adapted from ALS Course Provider Manual. 4th ed. London: Resuscitation council (UK), 2000 Regular narrow complex tachycardia: adverse signs ● ● ● ● A systolic blood pressure less than 90 mmHg The presence of chest pain Heart failure A heart rate greater than 200 beats/min 23 ABC of Resuscitation Atrial fibrillation In atrial fibrillation all coordination of atrial systole is lost and ventricular filling during diastole becomes a passive process.

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