Pre-hospital cardiac arrest patients do best with supraglottic airway or BVM ventilation

Cardiac arrest patients who were intubated had similar outcomes to those who had a supraglottic airway device (e.g., King tube) inserted in the pre-hospital setting.

A literature review of 5 studies and over 300,000 patients with pre-hospital cardiac arrest demonstrated that patients had a better chance at survival with a good neurological outcome with placement of a supraglottic airway (e.g., King tube) or Bag-valve-mask (BVM) ventilation and rapid transport to a hospital vs intubation then transport.


  1. Tiah L et al. Does pre-hospital endotracheal intubation improve survival among adults with non-traumatic out-of-hospital cardiac arrest? A systematic review. West J Emerg Med 2014 Oct 28
Read all articles in Cardiovascular diseases, Endotracheal Intubation, King Tube, Mechanical Ventilation, Medical General, medical procedures, Respiratory diseases
Tags: airway management, cardiac arrest, HPC updates, intubation, King tube, supraglottic airways

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