What is a Guedel (Oropharangeal) Ariway?
An oropharyngeal airway (also known as a Guedel airway or an OP Airway) is a rigid plastic implement used to maintain an open airway.
When do I use aÂ Guedel (Oropharangeal) Ariway?
Oropharyngeal airways are indicated for unconscious patients because it prevents the tongue from slipping back and either partially or completely obstructing the airway. Oropharyngeal airways come in a variety of sizes, from infant to adult.
How do I find the correct sizeÂ Guedel (Oropharangeal) Ariway?
The correct sizeÂ oropharyngeal airway is chosen by measuring against the patient, the flange (flared top of the airway) is aligned with the corner of the mouth and is held against their jaw and the correct size should reach the angle of the jaw, just below the earlobe. The airway is inserted into the patient’s mouth upside down. Once contact is made with the back of the throat, the airway is rotated 180 degrees. In children, the airway is inserted right side up (to avoid damage to the soft tissues). Only suitably trained people should administer a Guedel (Oropharyngeal) Airway.
Size 00 – Blue (clear) – 50mm (Babies)
Size 0 – Grey – 60mm (Children)
Size 1 – White – 70mm (Children)
Size 2 – Green – 80mm (Larger Children)
Size 3 – Orange – 90mm (Small Adults)
Size 4 – Pink – 100mm (Larger Adults)
Size 5 – Yellow – 110mm (Larger Adults)
Supplied sterile in easy open sachet