My time was spent working with Air Ambulance Victoria, a team of the most advanced, capable, brave, and friendly paramedics I've ever encountered. I learned so much from them and had the opportunity to accompany the Air MICA's on helicopter and fixed wing missions (think: intubate in a swaying aircraft or sunny beach).
|Arriving on scene for a job. (Photo: yours truly)|
|Best conference ever|
I've sifted through several featured airway/RSI checklists and picked out my two favorites, which are attached below. In a nutshell, a uniting theme among the lists can be precipitated out:
"PET Fail", or Patient, Equipment/meds, Team and a Failed airway algorithm or back-up plan.
Putting this into a mnemonic will help with recall in a pinch but I strongly suggest reviewing it thoroughly and then posting one up in your ED in case a checklist/algorithm is not already available. And if you're not convinced just ask yourself "What Would Weingart Do?"
Ruben Strayer Checklist It's incredibly thorough, including medications/doses and algorithms all into one 2-page set.
George Durous Checklist (as featured in LITFL) It's simpler to read and is broken down into 2 separate pdf's--one for an initial checklist, the second as a failed airway algorithm.
Enjoy and stay tuned for lots more to come very very soon!!