Out-of-hospital Cardiac Arrest Intubations May Hurt Patients

The study done in the Jan 2013 JAMA shows that patients suffering from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest who were intubated in the field had a less favorable neurologic outcome than those getting bag-valve-mask ventilation.

One possible reason for this is the time taken for intubation may take away from uninterrupted cardiac compressions…and we know that uninterrupted compressions is the key to improving survival in out-of-hospital cardiac arrest.

 

JAMA OHCA intubation

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