Archive for category: Airway Management

REBEL Core Cast 4.0 – RSI Cheat Codes

06 Feb
February 6, 2019

Take Home Points Bed Up Head Elevated (BUHE) position is a simple intervention that can reduce the rate of intubation-related complications. The bougie should be considered standard practice in all intubations and has an NNT = 11 for 1st pass success. Consider using Suction Assisted Laryngoscopy for Airway Decontamination (SALAD) for all intubations to avoid […]

POCUS for Endotracheal Tube Confirmation

31 Jan
January 31, 2019

Background Information: The successful placement of an endotracheal tube (ETT) is a necessary skill all emergency physicians must possess. Performing life-saving interventions are understandably stressful as their failure can lead to morbid consequences and expedited patient death.1,2 The intensive training of emergency physicians, the availability of multiple alternative airway adjuncts and the use of rapid-sequence intubation […]

Cricoid Pressure in Airway Management: The IRIS Trial

15 Nov
November 15, 2018

Background: Cricoid pressure is dead, right? Many have made this claim including a brilliant argument against its use by John Hinds here. Despite the many eulogies, we continue to hear about cricoid pressure so it makes sense that we dive in to the background prior to addressing the recent JAMA Surgery publication. Cricoid pressure was […]

REBEL Cast Ep 59: AIRWAYS-2 – Supraglottic vs Tracheal Intubation in OHCA

27 Sep
September 27, 2018

Background: There is a lack of high quality RCTs  investigating optimal airway management in patients with out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA).  The majority of evidence comes from observational studies and expert opinion. The observational trials have consistently favored basic airway management (i.e. BVM) over tracheal intubation [3]. Supraglottic airway(SGA) devices offer an alternative advanced airway management technique to endotracheal […]

Bougie use in Emergency Airway Management (BEAM)

25 Jun
June 25, 2018

Background: Emergency intubation in the ED is a potentially life-saving procedure in critically ill patients, but does have risks associated with it as we have discussed before on this blog. The authors of the study we are going to review today described a first-attempt intubation success (FPS) rate in the ED to be 85%, despite new technologies […]