Figure 2-6. Tip of the oropharyngeal airway placed into the mouth.
Figure 2-7. Tip of the J-tube at the back of the tongue.
(5) Gently advance the airway and adjust it so the flange rests on the
patient's lips. If the flange of the airway does not seat properly or if the patient begins to
gag or vomit, the airway may be the wrong size. The tip of the airway should rest just
above the epiglottis (figure 2-8).
(6) If you have any difficulty inserting the airway, grasp the tongue with your
index finger and thumb (using a gauze pad, if available) and pull the tongue forward or
use a tongue blade to depress the tongue.