Rapid sequence induction in urgent care settings
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Rapid sequence induction in urgent care settings

Rob Fenwick Charge nurse in the emergency department, Princess Royal Hospital, Telford, Shropshire

Rob Fenwick explains why, in providing emergency anaesthesia to critically ill patients, failing to plan is planning to fail

In the management of critically ill patients in emergency departments, rapid sequence induction (RSI) of anaesthesia is often required. This article examines the elements of RSI that are necessary before before endotracheal tube placement and reviews the findings of a national audit project, conducted by Royal College of Anaesthetists and Difficult Airway Society. It also considers the role of nurses in RSI procedures.

Emergency Nurse. 21, 10, 16-24. doi: 10.7748/en2014.



Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 23 July 2013

Accepted: 20 January 2014