Airway Management


Steve, Dan and Holly begin with a case study on a motorcycle accident. Dan describes the logistics of the call, and initial patient presentation. Mistakes made during rapid sequence intubation are discussed. The trio talk about the evolution of airway management procedures, such as the process of intubating patients and pre-oxygenation. 

Dan discusses his checklist for a successful rapid sequence intubation. Steve reviews his checklist, along with his triggers for backup airway placement and cricothyrotomy. Holly recaps a call where she decided against intubation, and describes her thought process. 

Learning Points:

  • Always begin a call with a primary assessment and acquisition of vital signs 
  • BLS before ALS!
  • Hypoxia in traumatic brain injury increases mortality rate 
  • Pre-oxygenation is VITAL prior to rapid sequence intubation
  • Positioning a patient improves first pass success rate during intubation 
  • Following a checklist for rapid sequence intubation improves first pass success rate and overall patient outcome
  • Continually engaging in academic literature is important when 
  • Resuscitating a patient must be done prior to rapid sequence intubation 
  • Paralytics will cause physiological compensatory mechanisms to fail

    Content Creator: Steve Williams
    CAPCE Course Number: 20-EMTP-F3-3802
    Total CE Hours: 1
    Level: Advanced