Friday, November 21, 2008

On A Slow Day

On a slow day in the clinic I inserted a nasopharyngeal airway into myself. Why? During our recent mass casualty incident training exercise, Barbie Brittel, PA-C explained that a NP airway could be used on an awake patient. She told us she knew a guy who demonstrated this ability on himself. We were amazed. The more I thought of it the more curious I became. So, I tried it.

Please do not try this on yourself. I am a highly trained medical professional. Likely, you are not.

8 comments:

TDB said...

Greetings from near the other pole in the frigid north.
My EMT-B instructor said he once took a picture of an entire class with NPAs in their noses. He also says it is a great way to get an unrully patient to be quiet. If someone shoved something up my nose I would probably be quiet too. Not my idea of fun time though.

Jedi Master Daryl said...

Hmmm. That was brave. As a survivor of bone cancer in the maxilla, I have had plenty of doctors come at me with scopes and lights that they shoved way into my nose. Almost always, they numbed me with some kind of 'caine (Xylocaine, Benzocaine, Lidocaine, etc.) spray before they did that. Just watching your video made me itch my nose. That is not something I would do to myself!

eyedoc said...

OK Don, 2 thoughts are going through my mind:
1) You party ANIMAL!!!
2) Does Dave Letterman still do "Stupid Human Tricks"?!?! ;-)

samtheemt.com said...

There's got to be something seriously wrong with the genes in this family, since I'd totally do the same thing. Alaina says she'll videotape it for me if I choose to do the same :P

Glad to see it's still like father like daughter!

Sarah said...

Now that was just cool. I can't wait until I'm a highly trained medical professional as well!

afakay said...

You may be a highly trained medical professional- but I think the severe cold has affected your brain. Take Care!

Anonymous said...

It must be a magic trick as your hand blocked most of the video. You can now show us putting it one ear and taking it out the other. Highly trained.......

Ambulance Mommy said...

My EMT instructor has done this trick for every EMT class in 20 years. Every year i try to grab a picture of him doing it, but he always elludes photos! :)