Reuters Health Medical News
Intubation Study Overview
By Art Hsieh, EMS1 Editorial Advisor
This article provides support to the theory that the greater the proficiency of the clinician, the higher the survival rate of his or her patients compared to another practitioner with less proficiency. In the article, the researchers used the number of successful intubations performed by an EMS provider as a marker for proficiency. They find that the greater the number of successful intubations completed by the paramedic, the greater likelihood of a patient surviving from medical cardiac arrest and nonarrest situations.
NEW YORK — Experience matters for out-of-hospital intubation during a cardiac arrest or a medical illness, a new study shows, with patient survival linked to the volume of procedures the rescuer has done in the past.
In general, experience didn't seem to matter for out-of-hospital intubation of heart-beating trauma patients, but it did make a difference for certain subsets, its authors say.
According to the report in the February 8th online issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine, cardiac arrest patients treated by a very experienced rescuer (>50 intubations) were 48% more likely to survive than those treated by a rescuer with low experience (1 to 10 intubations).
With medical non-arrest patients, the corresponding benefit was 55%.
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