Critical Care Perspectives in Emergency Medicine
BMV for ETI in the Critically Ill?
More than 1.5 million patients undergo endotracheal intubation each year in the U.S. Endotracheal intubation can be complicated by hypoxemia, which is a known risk factor for peri-intubation cardiac arrest and death. Rapid sequence intubation typically involves a delay of up to 2 minutes between the administration of sedative/paralytic medications and laryngoscopy. In this podcast, we discuss a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine that suggests critically ill patients may benefit from bag-mask ventilation during the period between medication administration and laryngoscopy.
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