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Old 02-22-2011, 03:32 PM   #1
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Esophageal Airway


I like to watch reruns of Emergency! whenever I can, which are shown daily on the RTV (Retro Television) network at 3pm (check local listings).

On the show, they frequently talk about an "esophageal airway". For example, Johnny or Roy will contact Rampart and the doc there will instruct the squad crew to start or place an esophageal airway.

What the heck is an esophageal airway? The term implies it goes into the esophagus but if you put an airway into the esophagus, wouldn't you just end up inflating the stomach?


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Old 02-22-2011, 03:40 PM   #2
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I've never seen the show, but I would assume that they are referring to a multi-lumen airway that can be inserted blindly (usually into the esophagus, hence the nickname) such as a Combitube or a King Airway.
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Its an EOA. Not used much any longer. Basically the same design as a king.
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Is the concept that you plug up both the esophagus and the mouth/nose, so that when you provide air (O2) through the tube going into the mouth, it has no other place to go except into the lungs via the trachea?
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It was the EOA, a blind insertion device, but it had a mask along with it.



There was also it's close cousin, the EGTA, Esophageal Gastric Tube Airway, allowing for gastric decompression.



When I first became an EMT-I back in the late 80's, these were the airways we were allowed to use. Even then my instructor called the EOA the "essentially obsolete airway".
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I like to watch reruns of Emergency! whenever I can, which are shown daily on the RTV (Retro Television) network at 3pm (check local listings).
How old is this show? Personally, I've always been a "Rescue 911" girl myself. Loved William Shatner....
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Heh EOAs... I trained on those and PTLs when I was in basic class in 07 in NM. I think only one or two services still has any on the truck.
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How old is this show? Personally, I've always been a "Rescue 911" girl myself. Loved William Shatner....
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Ahh yes, the "airway" that still required the user to maintain a mask seal. Good times...
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