Rapid Sequence Intubation With Video Laryngoscopy Common for Difficult Airways in ED

Predicted difficult airways in one emergency department are managed most often using rapid sequence intubation (RSI) and video laryngoscopy (VL), a recent study has found | Anesthesiology News

Although difficult airways occur frequently in emergency medicine, few studies have investigated the incidence, management and outcomes of these patients, according to the investigators.

“We’ve been collecting airway data at our institution for many years, and this past year we decided to focus on the difficult airway,” said John C. Sakles, MD, professor of emergency medicine at the University of Arizona College of Medicine, in Tucson. Dr. Sakles presented the study at the 2016 annual meeting of the Society for Airway Management.

The study examined 348 nonarrest intubations between July 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016, at Banner University Medical Center, in Tucson. Operators performed a difficult airway assessment and classified the airway into one of three categories: routine, challenging or difficult.

Read the full research overview here


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