Bio 4 Essay


By its very definition, “basic airway management” is anything but basic. As a paramedic, you instinctively know that the most critical task you will be called on to perform is managing the airway. Strikingly, the most basic airway decisions you make, whether your patient is struggling to breathe through infected lungs, or for those trauma patients drowning in their blood-clogged airways, might determine whether your patient lives or dies.

Explain how a puncture to the thoracic cavity (from a knife wound, for instance) could alter the ability to inhale. How might this affect Boyles Law during ventilation?