The intersection of critically ill physiology and endotracheal intubation can be a dangerous place. If we focus only on the mechanics of intubation and fail to prepare for the effects this procedure can have on our sick patients we are heading down a dangerous road. You can identify these patient’s early, and prepare for that dangerous intersection between physiology and endotracheal intubation if you ask yourself, “am I driving in the HOV lane?”
The HOV mnemonic — Hypotension, Oxygenation, Ventilation (pH) is a simple way to organize the key concepts and skills required for intubating sick patients. The full set of slides for this concept are here on HAIKUDECK.
For a different perspective check out the EMBER
Bundled Resources & Reviews on this topic from around the FOAM universe
The Laryngoscope as a Murder Weapon! – Dr. Scott Weingart
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