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Nita Khandelwal, Sarah Khorsand, Steven H Mitchell, Aaron M Joffe
BACKGROUND: Based on the data from elective surgical patients, positioning patients in a back-up head-elevated position for preoxygenation and tracheal intubation can improve patient safety. However, data specific to the emergent setting are lacking. We hypothesized that back-up head-elevated positioning would be associated with a decrease in complications related to tracheal intubation in the emergency room environment. METHODS: This retrospective study was approved by the University of Washington Human Subjects Division (Seattle, WA)...
April 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
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