Updated CPG: Acute upper airway obstruction

The Acute upper airway obstruction CPG has been updated by the CPG committee.

The Key points for the CPG are

  1. Allow children with acute upper airway obstruction to adopt a position of their choice and avoid causing distress
  2. Decompensation of acute upper airway obstruction can be rapid and requires emergency airway management
  3. In any child with severe acute upper airway obstruction, nebulised adrenaline may provide temporary relief while awaiting other definitive measures

The CPG forms part of suite of airway CPGs covering: Emergency airway management; Emergency airway management in COVID-19 context; Can’t intubate, can’t oxygenate; and Inhaled foreign body



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