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Seconds from disaster – avoiding the airway clean kill

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Hi folks. The Airway Twitterati were asked a question about prehospital RSI and avoiding perintubation hypotension and arrest.

Here is my response and todays lesson!

Pre-reading first:

The overview of avoiding the haemodynamic airway clean kill by Scott Weingart

Then my SMACC 2013 talk here


Le Cong: Airway Clean Kills from oliflower
Finally I found this great article on


Take home lessons!

  1. use ketamine at low dose 0.5mg/kg or lower
  2. give a larger dose of paralytic
  3. use epinephrine 10-25mcg bolus prior to giving induction/sedative
  4. Address Breathing and circulatory issues before dealing with Airway – decompress pneumothorax, pelvic binder, fluid bolus
  5. be gentle, titrate your IV anaesthesia. avoid the slam/bam/thankyou maam approach of RSI
  6. watch your post intubation ventilation volumes.


Post lesson further reading here:

Rapid sequence intubation of the shock patient/LITFL

Airway management in the Critically Ill/Vissers

2 Comments Post a comment
  1. …all good. But what is this epinephrine drug? Did you mean ADRenaline?

    January 27, 2014
    • this is an unwinnable scenario

      January 27, 2014

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