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The McKesson prop—an essential tool for the emergency physician?
  1. A P Murphy1,
  2. H J Doran1,
  3. I O'Sullivan1,
  4. D Sleeman2,
  5. S P A Cusack
  1. 1Department of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  2. 2Department of Maxillofacial Surgery, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to A P Murphy, Department of Emergency Medicine, Cork University Hospital, Cork, Ireland; adrianmurphy06{at}eircom.net

Abstract

Facial trauma is a commonly encountered presentation to emergency departments. When associated airway compromise occurs, co-existing head and neck injuries serve to produce a challenging clinical situation. We describe two patients who suffered multi-system trauma, with severe maxillofacial injuries that necessitated prompt definitive airway management and mid-face stabilisation in the pre-hospital and emergency department phases of resuscitation. The McKesson prop is a simple yet highly effective tool for use in these injuries.

  • Facial trauma
  • McKesson Prop
  • airway compromise
  • airway
  • maxillo-facial
  • nursing
  • pre-hospital
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  • Competing interests None.

  • Patient consent Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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