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RSI Lecture

Happy New Year. It’s been a while, but I’m hoping to up my post count in 2013.

I try and reserve my posts for issues that are significant in prehospital care, not necessarily tidbits here and there. As such, my posts will be less frequent than other blogs, so keep checking back in.

This is a great lecture on RSI from Dr Karel Habig of GSA-HEMS. Check it out:

I like Karel’s lecture style. His points are almost universally applicable. The only point I have I guess is the continuing reference to US prehospital RSI data. Unfortunately due to the paucity of prehospital RSI data in Australia, there is a reliance on the US data (which shows mostly poor outcomes). Most of it is paramedic-based research, but I don’t believe that the data is transferrable to the Australasian environment where paramedic education (particularly in regards to prehospital RSI) is of a very high standard, supported by an high level of clinical scrutiny (no offence to US readers). Hopefully, with time, there will be an increasing amount of Australasian prehospital data, and Karel and his team are at the forefront of prehospital critical care research, specifically airway management.

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