Rapid Sequence Airway (RSA) involves the same preparation and pharmacology as RSI with the immediate planned placement of an extraglottic device (EGD) instead of intubation. Like DSI, RSA is an alternative airway management strategy that may be ideal for preoxygenation of hypoxemic patients as well for prehospital and in-flight use. Depending on the chosen EGD, RSA can facilitate gastric decompression, positive pressure ventilation with PEEP delivered by a ventilator and endoscopic intubation. The speaker presents the evolution of this novel concept in New Mexico, reviews their clinical experience with RSA in both the prehospital and hospital settings and assesses the available literature.
Don’t DSI…Rapid Sequence Airway (RSA)!
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