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Rapid sequence induction of anaesthesia in UK emergency departments: a national census
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    Rapid Sequence Induction of Anaesthesia? Really?

    I found the term "Induction of Anaesthesia" somewhat uninspiring, especially as it was the header of a national survey.

    The term is outdated and was replaced some 10 years ago by "Rapid Sequence Intubation". "Intubation" and "Induction" of anaesthesia are not interchangeable terms. The latter stops at "Time zero*" the former only after mission is accomplished and the airway is secured. We intubate. RSI = Rapid S...

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    RSIs in the Emergency Department
    • Ian R Mowat, Specialty Registrar in Anaesthetics
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      • Richard Curtis, Airway Clinical Fellow

    Dear Editor,

    We read, with interest, the article by Benger and Hopkins,[1] published March 2011 describing the results of their national census of rapid sequence induction anaesthesia in UK emergency departments.

    The authors report an overall rate of RSI by unsupervised trainees as 45%, increasing to 71% out of hours. However, their conclusion that 57% of RSIs are carried out by senior anaesthetic traine...

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