Epiglottitis – Signs and Symptoms Nursing Mnemonic



  • A-Airway Closed
  • I-Increased Pulse
  • R-Restlessness
  • R-Retractions- occur when the muscles between the ribs pull inward
  • A-Anxiety
  • I-Increased Inspiratory Stridor- high-pitched breath sound resulting from turbulent airflow in the larynx
  • D-Drooling


The epiglottis is a flap of cartilage that covers the entrance to our airway when we swallow food. Inflammation of the epiglottis can close off the airway entirely.

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