passive preoxygenation – a radical concept

30 May

Next time you intubate someone
consider putting them on a nasal cannula at 15L per min under the NRB.  
this article advocates it as a form of “apneic oxygenation” which can prevent desaturation during intubation
Awake patients will not tolerate it at 15L/min, so you can start with 4-5 L and then increase to 15 after giving your induction and paralytic medications.
The point: Apneic oxygenation can extend the duration of safe apnea.
Note: High O2 could decrease the respiratory drive, but this is for people who you are committed to intubating already.  
I would love to hear your success stories with this new method!
Submitted by S. Morris.


One Response to “passive preoxygenation – a radical concept”


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