A 51-year-old male with a history of diabetes and hypertension presented to the hospital with left facial droop, slurred speech, and left-sided hemiparesis. His initial CT scan was negative for acute hemorrhage. As he has no contraindication for thrombolysis the stroke team decided to treat him with tPA.
After the infusion finished patient developed left-sided facial swelling.
The Urgent Endotracheal Intubation (UEI) describes the primary intubation scenario that occurs in the ED where intubation must proceed in a semi-rapid or rapid fashion due to the patient’s clinical state.
We discuss the Rapid Sequence Intubation, the mainstay of the UEI with the longest history and firmest evidence base.
In Beyond the Basics we look at alternatives to RSI including: