Intubation is a key part of advanced airway management.

Although some of you out there may not intubate, we’ll be covering aspects where the identification of the need for intubation and how contributing as a team to the process can make a real difference to patient outcomes.

Intubation is subject of a considerable amount of evidence and debate. Increasing use of supraglottic airways both in theatre and in cardiac arrest creates a situation in which there are limited opportunities to train and learn the skill. This brings into question who should these limited opportunities to train go to, what defines competence, which patients now would benefit from intubation.

In this episode we’re going to cover these topics and more, including talking through how to fine your intubation technique as much as possible. We’re coming at this episode with our collective neonatal, ED and PHEM practice which all involve advanced airway management and it’s fair to say that we’re all passionate about delivering intubation and advanced airway management to the highest level possible. 

We hope this episode gives a further opportunity to consider the topic in great depth and reflect upon how we can all contribute to improving practice.

Once again we’d love to hear any thoughts or feedback either on the website or via twitter @TheResusRoom.


Simon, Rob & James

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