Remember the Laryngeal Mask Airway When You Can’t Intubate! As a hospitalist who also works in the ICU, I am often the first responder to respiratory emergencies.  Frequently under these circumstances, you have a chaotic environment and a less than…
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King Tube Airways are Excellent Rescue Airways for Both EMS and Medical Personnel If you are faced with a patient who needs a secure airway and respiratory stabilization, I still believe that endotracheal intubation is the airway of choice.  Nevertheless,…
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There has always been some controversy about the utility of applying cricoid pressure (aka Sellick Maneuver) during rapid sequence intubation for the purpose of preventing aspiration.  Theoretically, applying pressure on the cricoid cartilage posteriorly should occlude the esophagus against the…
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