Impact of emergency medicine faculty and an airway protocol on airway management

James H. Jones, Christopher S. Weaver, Daniel E. Rusyniak, Edward J. Brizendine, Roland B. McGrath

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Abstract

Objective: To determine the impact of emergency medicine (EM) faculty presence and an airway management protocol on success rates of tracheal intubation in the emergency department (ED). Methods: A retrospective observational study of prospectively collected data on rates of successful intubations between June 1997 and December 2001 in the ED of a large urban teaching hospital. The authors compared success rates of the first attempt at intubation and times to intubation prior to and after EM faculty presence and the institution of an airway management protocol. Results: Prior to EM faculty presence and the airway management protocol, tracheal intubation was achieved on the first attempt 46% of the time; more than six attempts were required 2.9% of the time. The mean time to intubation was 9.2 minutes (±13.2 SD). Following EM faculty presence and the airway protocol, the success rate on the first attempt was 62%, more than six attempts were required 1.1% of the time, and the mean time to intubation was 4.6 minutes (±6.2 SD). Conclusions: First-attempt intubation success rates and decreased mean time to successful intubation improved following EM faculty presence and the introduction of an airway management protocol.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1452-1456
Number of pages5
JournalAcademic Emergency Medicine
Volume9
Issue number12
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2002

Keywords

  • Airway
  • Education
  • Emergency medicine faculty
  • Rapid-sequence intubation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Emergency Medicine

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