Airway management success during CCT

Published in the July/September 2010 issue of Prehospital Emergency Care, the “Airway Management Success and Hypoxemia Rates in Air and Ground Critical Care Transport: A Prospective Multicenter Study”—monitored endotracheal intubation attempts, success rates and per-ETI oxygenation by crews from 11 CCT programs with various configuration, locations and case mixes.1 This study was designed to assess critical care transport crews’ success rates for managing patient airways while en route by ground or air to the hospital.

 

Of the 603 patients evaluated between July 2007 and December 2008, 96.5% had successful ETI rates. According to the PEC abstract, the researchers concluded that “CCT crews’ ETI success rates were very high, and even when ETI required multiple attempts, airway management was rarely associated with SpO2 derangement.

 

CCT crews’ ETI success rates were equally high in the subset of patients in whom ground emergency medical services ETI failed prior to arrival of transport crews.”

Reference

  1. Thomas S , et al. Airway Management Success and Hypoxemia Rates in Air and Ground Critical Care Transport: A Prospective Multicenter Study. Prehosp Emerg Care. 2010;14:283—291. doi:10.3109/10903127.2010.481758

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