You are asked to review a 64 year old man who has been brought to the emergency department having been burned in a house fire. There is no coherent history available from the patient and you observe that he is drowsy and confused, and, has a persistent cough. His heart rate is 120 bpm, blood pressure 88/52 mmHg, respiratory rate 28 and oxygen saturations are 94 % on high flow oxygen via a non re-breather mask.
30.1 List the initial priorities in management.
30.2 What features on history and examination would suggest a significant airway injury?
30.3 Give a differential diagnosis for his conscious level.