The role of end-tidal carbon dioxide monitoring in rapid sequence intubation

Katja Lah
November 2010

Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) is the cornerstone of emergency airway management. It is a safe procedure when used by adequately trained personnel, even in the prehospital setting. Measurements of the partial pressure of exhaled carbon dioxide (PetCO2) via capnometry/capnography have several useful clinical applications and are extensively used by prehospital providers to monitor critically ill and injured patients. This article reviews the role of monitoring PetCO2 values during RSI.

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