[Answer] A patient arrives at the emergency department complaining of shortness of breath. The patient has a long history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Assessment reveals respiratory failure. Which action would be the initial priority?

Answer: Patients who cannot oxygenate or ventilate adequately despite an open airway or who have insufficient respiratory effort require assisted ventilation initially provided via a BVM resuscitator.
A patient arrives at the emergency department complaining of shortness of breath. The patient has a long history of chroni…

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