Step 8: Insert airway

This video shows the rescuer inserting an oropharyngeal (OP) airway. An OP airway may make it easier to maintain an open airway. When properly placed, it provides an open conduit for air to pass between the tongues and the posterior pharynx. Alternatively, a nasopharyngeal (NP) airway may be used. It is important to note that unlike the endotracheal tube used in advanced airway management, neither an OP or a NP airway will protect the airway from aspiration.