First Aid at Work Level 3 (VTQ) - Online Blended Part 1

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Respiratory Injuries Part One

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Exploring the Respiratory System

This guide delves into the structure and function of the respiratory system, highlighting common problems and effective airway management techniques, crucial for maintaining respiratory health.

Upper Airway Anatomy and Challenges

Understanding the upper respiratory system, including the nasopharynx and oropharynx, and challenges such as obstructions from foreign objects, swelling, or anaphylaxis.

Common Airway Obstructions

Potential obstructions in the airway include:

  • False teeth or milk teeth.
  • Swelling due to burns, heat, or allergic reactions.
  • Obstructions like polyps in the nasal cavities.

Airway-Opening Techniques

Techniques to open the airway, crucial for breathing:

  • Head tilt/chin lift and jaw thrust maneuvers.
  • Methods to lift the tongue and clear the throat.

Understanding the Trachea and Oesophagus

The role of the trachea and oesophagus in breathing and eating, including their structure and the importance of cartilage.

Respiratory Mechanics

The process of breathing involves:

  • Chest expansion and diaphragm movement creating a vacuum.
  • Inhalation of air into the lungs and subsequent exhalation.

Preventing Aspirational Pneumonia

Importance of keeping the airway clear from fluids like vomit and blood to prevent conditions like aspirational pneumonia.

Oxygen Supplementation

In low oxygen environments, supplementation methods such as oxygen masks, airway devices, and supplemental oxygen are necessary.

For more in-depth knowledge about respiratory system health and airway management, consider consulting a healthcare professional or attending a specialized course.