Which answer is NOT correct in regards to airway management ?
1) the cervical spine should be considered when positioning the head for examination of the airway.
2) blind nasal intubation is contraindicated in patients with a possible fractured base of skull.
3) A tension pneumothorax should be decompressed using a 26G needle in the anterior axillary line.
4) Intubation is indicated when a trauma patient has a GCS of 7.
5) The airway takes precedence over everything else.
3 is NOT correct.
Insert 16 gauge cannula into 2nd intercostal space in midclavicular line of the side that the trachea is pushed away from. A rush of air should escape, oxygenation should increase and the trachea should return to the midline.
If none of the above occurs, you have just created a pneumothorax. Either way, an intercostal catheter should be inserted.