nasopharyngeal airway, maintenance of

nasopharyngeal airway, maintenance of

(nā″zō-fă-rĭn′jē-ăl)
By means of a flexible tube that is inserted into the nose of an unresponsive patient and rests above the hypopharynx, the airway is maintained. Used in patients with intact gag reflexes to prevent retching during attempts to maintain an open airway.
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