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nasopharyngeal airway

na·so·pha·ryn·geal air·way

/nā zō fə ˈrin j(ē-)əlˌfa rən ˈjē-əl ˈeərˌwā/

Noun

A device used on a patient who has an altered mental status but has at least a partial gag reflex that would prohibit the use of an oropharyngeal airway. Made of rubber, NPAs also come in a variety of sizes, and are designed to be placed primarily in the patient’s right nare. Use of a water-soluble lubricant can reduce the chances of causing a nosebleed during insertion.