The Inhaled foreign body CPG has been updated by the CPG committee.
The Key points for the CPG are
- Inhalation of a foreign body (FB) into the trachea or larynx is a potentially life-threatening event requiring immediate emergency airway management
- FB inhalation is frequently unwitnessed and so a high degree of suspicion is required in young children with respiratory symptoms
- A history of inhalation or choking must specifically be sought by clinicians, and may have occurred days or weeks before presentation with symptoms
- A normal respiratory examination or chest x-ray does not exclude an inhaled FB
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 Acute upper airway obstruction