Conclusion: By maintaining communication skills, situational awareness, technical excellence and flexibility, as well as establishing a planned tracheal intubation strategy tailored to the individual patient, we will improve patient safety and outcomes.
Minerva Anestesiol. 2015 Jun 5. [Epub ahead of print]
Because intubation can potentially become a lengthy procedure, the risk of arterial oxygen (O2) desaturation during intubation must be considered. Pre-oxygenation should be routine, as oxygen reserves are not always sufficient to cover the duration of intubation.
Endotracheal intubation versus supraglottic airway placement in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest: A meta-analysis.
Resuscitation. 2015 May 23. [Epub ahead of print]
Overall survival from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) is less than 10%. After initial bag-valve mask ventilation, 80% of patients receive an advanced airway, either by endotracheal intubation (ETI) or placement of a supraglottic airway (SGA). The objective of this meta-analysis was to compare patient outcomes for these two advanced airway methods in OHCA patients treated by Emergency Medical Services (EMS).