You have just secured the endotracheal tube following an uneventful intubation of a moderately ill patient in your emergency department. They had a normal pre-intubation blood pressure. As you are calling the admit in to the ICU the patient’s nurse tells you that the BP is now in the 70’s.
- Blindly give a half gallon of saline and stay in your seat.
- Get up, walk to the patient’s room, and consider the possible causes of post intubation hypotension.