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Comparison of Airway Management Practices Between Registered Nurses and Respiratory Care Practitioners

Author(s): Mary Lou sole, RN, phd, CCNs, and Melody Bennett, RN, MN, CCRN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP A 1.00

Expires May 01, 2018

Topics: Pulmonary

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Airway management, an essential component of care for patients receiving mechanical ventilation, is multifaceted and includes oral hygiene and suctioning, endotracheal suctioning, and care of endotracheal tubes. Registered nurses and respiratory care personnel often share responsibilities for airway management. Knowledge of current practices can help facilitate evidence-based practices to optimize care of patients receiving mechanical ventilation.


  • Describe current practices for airway management of intubated patients
  • Determine how practices differ between registered nurses and respiratory care practitioners
  • Evaluate how knowledge of current practices can help facilitate evidence-based practices to optimize care

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