Had an interesting talk during a study day during the week regarding airway management in triage that brought up a serious point. During the initial triage of casualties in BCD, the triage bloke carries out an airway opening proceedure if a casualty is not breathing. If they start breathing, the casualty is put in the 3/4 prone and left. Once the airway opening manouevre is released, surely the casualty is back to square one? The 3/4 prone is not particularly good at keeping an airway open on its' own. My question is - Why are we not issuing a simple airway adjunct such as an OPA to each individual soldier and teach its' insertion on BCD? Any comments on this?