NREMT Paramedic

Category - Airway

Which of the following should you measure to ensure a patient receives the proper size nasopharyngeal airway?
  1. From the corner of the mouth to the tip of the earlobe
  2. The diameter of their little finger
  3. The entire length of the nose
  4. None of the above
Answer: B - to measure the correct sized nasopharyngeal airway an EMT needs to measure two areas: the diameter of the little finger (or the diameter of the nares; they are usually pretty close) and the distance from the tip of the nose to the earlobe.
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