August 1, 2019

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 of peri-intubation hypoxia. The resident thanks you for your kind suggestion and states ‘I just read an article in Annals of EM suggesting there was no benefit to non-supine position in ED patients.’ This is news to you. You give the resident the benefit of the doubt and ask them to send you a copy of their evidence.

June 8, 2018

Background: Administration of a neuromuscular blocker (NMB) is an essential part of Emergency Department  (ED) airway management for facilitating ideal airway conditions and is most commonly performed with either succinylcholine or rocuronium. Despite extensive debates between providers, one agent has not been shown to be superior to other. Limited anesthesia literature has shown that succinylcholine may provider better intubating conditions but it has a number of contraindications (which may not be initially apparent)(Shoenberger 2018). Rocuronium at high doses has a similar onset of action to succinylcholine and may provider longer safe apneic times (Swaminathan 2018). This study seeks to add more information to the clinical discussion.

April 19, 2018

Background: Successful first-pass endotracheal intubation is the desired outcome of all ER physicians as this can stave off hypoxemia and aspiration.  The bougie is one tool we have in our armamentarium that may be able to help with intubation. Many providers use this device as a rescue device after a failed attempt at intubation, instead of as a primary device in intubation.  This study sought to investigate the use of the bougie as a primary intubation device (Bougie 1st Intubation) in the ED instead of as a backup or adjunct in the ED.

March 5, 2015

According to a 2012 meta-analysis difficult and failed intubations in the operating room occur 1.8 - 5.8% and 0.13 - 0.30% of the time respectively. Emergent intubation, outside of this environment (i.e emergency department, ICU, and medical ward) is typically associated with a much higher risk of difficulty and complications due to many patients rapidly deteriorating. Recently, I had a discussion on twitter with Jeffrey Hill (@_drjeffy) and Taylor Zhou (@canibagthat) about what is the best way to teach trainees to intubate: Video Laryngoscopy (VL) or Direct Laryngoscopy (DL) for Trainees?
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