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ETO2: The Future of RSI Preoxygenation in the ED?

Background: Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) involves the use of an induction agent followed by a neuromuscular blocking (NMB) agent to obtain optimal intubating conditions.  Administration of a NMB results in apnea which, in turn, can lead to oxygen desaturation.  Oxygen desaturation …

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Procedures and Skills

Does Co-Administration of Haldol or Versed Diminish Recovery Agitation with Ketamine in Adults Undergoing Procedural Sedation?

Background: Working in the emergency department means frequently performing painful procedures on patients, often we turn to procedural sedation to make these procedures more tolerable for patients, families and clinicians alike.  Ketamine is often used for this purpose, particularly in pediatrics, …

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Procedures and Skills

Does Head of Bed Elevation During Intubation Improve Patient Oriented Outcomes?

You are working an ED shift with an experienced EM resident. As the resident prepares to intubate a 100kg patient with pneumonia you suggest that the head of the bed be elevated to aid in first pass success and avoidance …

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Procedures and Skills

The HEAVEN Criteria Part 2 – Predicting Challenging Airways

Background: Predicting a challenging airway is important to assist in the most optimal approach to airway management during RSI.  Two such tools include the Mallampati and LEMON scores and were derived in the pre-operative setting. Major limitations of these scores include …

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Procedures and Skills

REBEL Cast Episode 65: Optimal Order of Drug Administration in Rapid Sequence Intubation

Background Information: The sequential administration of a sedative and neuromuscular blocking agent (NMBA) to facilitate the passage of an endotracheal tube is a common method of intubating in both the emergency department (ED) and intensive care unit (ICU). In fact, 85% …

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