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Pediatric Rapid Sequence Intubation: A review

Bledsoe, Gregory H. MD*; Schexnayder, Stephen M.

doi: 10.1097/01.pec.0000125667.58561.62
Review Article

Abstract: Pediatric rapid sequence intubation is a skill of great importance to emergency medicine physicians. Developing a systematic strategy for approaching an emergent airway aids in the proper handling of this event. This paper is a review of the current recommendations for pediatric rapid sequence intubation including current medications and surgical rescue techniques.

*Department of Emergency Medicine, Center for International Emergency, Disaster, and Refugee Studies (CIEDRS), Johns Hopkins Medical Institute, Baltimore, MD; †Department of Pediatrics, Divisions of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences and Arkansas Children's Hospital, Little Rock, AR.

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