Getting Intubations Right The First Time

From Today’s Hospitalist (hat tip: Dr. Menadue):

Airway management “is really easy, except when it’s not,” warned Brian Kaufman, MD. Because a botched intubation can lead to serious complications or even death, he recommends that hospitalists improve their proficiency with intubating and ventilating patients by using bag masks.

At this spring’s Society of Hospital Medicine conference, Dr. Kaufman said the best chance for a successful intubation is on the first try. There are skills doctors can master, equipment they can use and checklists they can adopt to increase their odds of getting it right the first time.

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