Sarah J Cross
Journal of Paramedic Practice, Vol. 10, Iss. 1, 12 Jan 2018, pp 8 - 14

Paramedics are trained to perform endotracheal intubation (ETI), though a
step-wise airway management approach has led to the use of supraglottic
airway devices (SGAs), often in place of ETI. The current article considers airway
management by paramedics during cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). A casenote
review relating to adult out-of-hospital cardiac arrests was carried out, with
the collection of data over the period of a year, in one region of the UK. The results
indicate that airway management is inconsistent during CPR, though simple
adjuncts are used successfully. In a cohort of 2779 patients, in resuscitated cardiac
arrest, attempts to intubate were made in less than half of the patients. Less
than a third of patients were successfully intubated. Reasons for not attempting
intubation need further investigation, alongside reasons for unsuccessful attempts.

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