Post-It Pearls: Avoiding Fatalities from Post-intubation Hypoxia : Emergency Medicine News

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Post-It Pearls

Avoiding Fatalities from Post-intubation Hypoxia

Lin, Michelle MD

Emergency Medicine News 45(1):p 7, January 2023. | DOI: 10.1097/01.EEM.0000911896.17752.4a
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    Post-intubation hypoxia can be frightening, so have a methodical checklist such as DOPES.

    • Displaced endotracheal tube (reconfirm position)
    • Obstructed endotracheal tube (perform suction)
    • Patient pathology (e.g., pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, bronchospasm)
    • Equipment malfunction (is the ventilator connected to oxygen or is there a faulty oxygen probe sensor?)
    • Stacked breaths or other ventilator setting problems

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    Dr. Linis the founder, CEO, and editor-in-chief of Academic Life in Emergency Medicine ( and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California San Francisco with interests in health professions education and digital scholarship. Follow her on Instagram@MichelleLinMDand on Twitter@M_Lin.

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