Papers of January 2021

Happy New Year!

Well 2020 certainly wasn’t what we were all expecting, so here’s hoping for a phenomenally better 2021. We’ve got some really exciting episodes for you this year including Supraglottic Airways, Neonatal Resuscitation, Diabetic Emergencies, New Resuscitation guidelines and much much more!

We’re kicking off the podcast year with three really interesting papers!

First up we consider the importance of first pass success of both supraglottic airways and endotracheal intubation in the context of cardiac arrest; a lot of attention has been shone recently on question of which approach we should consider after bag valve mask ventilation, but how important is the first pass of either of the approaches to the outcomes of our patients?

Next up we have a look at a paper that challenges the use of TXA in our patients with a severe traumatic brain injury after the publication of CRASH 3.

Finally we have another look at the mantra of ‘GCS 8-intubate’ with a systematic review which draws together all of the evidence across the age ranges and both traumatic and non-traumatic presentations.

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References & Further Reading

Airway Insertion First Pass Success and Patient Outcomes in Adult Out-of-Hospital Cardiac Arrest: The Pragmatic Airway Resuscitation Trial. Jason A Lesnick. Resuscitation. 2020

Association between Prehospital Tranexamic Acid Administration and Outcomes of Severe Traumatic Brain Injury.Sebastiaan M Bossers. JAMA Neurol. 2020

Endotracheal intubation to reduce aspiration events in acutely comatose patients: a systematic review. Daniele Orso. Scand J Trauma Resusc Emerg Med. 2020


  • ollie2013miller says:

    Happy new year

  • iainhay_1 says:

    Great rundown of current topics, first class narrative and disscusion

    In the Current difficult airway Course the manual categorises Extraglottic devices which sub divides into



    The King LT falls under the retroglottic category as it sits posterior to the glottis and proximal to the oesophagus.

    The walls Manual of Emergency Airway Management ( 5th Edition, 2018)

    Thanks for providing such relevant engaging topics

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