Transnasal High-Flow Humidified Oxygen for a Difficult Airway

R. Eleanor Anderson, MD, Ron M. Walls, MD, FRCPC, FAAEM   THRIVE Summary SidebarA physiologic pharyngeal oxygen reservoir extends the safe apnea window.   Transnasal Humidified Rapid-Insufflation Ventilatory Exchange (THRIVE) is a technique for providing high-flow, positive-pressure, humidified oxygen via nasal cannula. When compared... Read more..

Faster Learning Curve with the GlideScope Than the Direct Laryngoscope

Cheryl Lynn Horton   Over the course of training, emergency medicine residents showed improved first-pass success with the GlideScope video laryngoscope but no improvement with the direct laryngoscope.   To compare learning curves for the direct laryngoscope (DL) and GlideScope video laryngoscope, researchers retrospectively analyzed adult intubations performed by first-, second-, and third-year emergency... Read more..

Airway Management for Adults with Prehospital Cardiac Arrest: Is Intubation Passé

Cheryl Lynn Horton, MD   Patients who were intubated had similar outcomes to those who had a supraglottic airway device inserted.   To compare outcomes for prehospital cardiac arrest patients whose airways are managed with endotracheal intubation or insertion of a supraglottic airway device, researchers performed a literature review of studies published from 1980... Read more..