Today we are breaking from the usual format and doing something a little different. If your patient doesn’t have an adequate airway then we need to provide one. We are the experts in the emergent airway and there’s a lot more to it than shouting out “20 of etomidate and 100 of suxs” like they used to do on the TV show ER. This podcast will go over why we intubate patients, how to prepare for an intubation, the commonly used medications for RSI, tricks of the trade (and maybe a war story or two), and post-intubation management. This is the first topic podcast that is a lot longer than the usual podcasts but airway is our number one priority so it deserves a little extra time.
Also- for the first time ever- a bonus section on a common medical myth. Should you use the D-word for pain from cholecystitis…as in Demerol? Stay tuned after the airway podcast for why this may not be a great idea and why you should just strike Demerol from your memory.