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BET 2: Predicting the need for endotracheal intubation in poisoned patients
  1. Luke Buswell,
  2. Alaistair Hayes,
  3. Janos Baombe
  1. Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Luke Buswell; production.emj{at}


A short cut review of the literature was carried out to establish whether any risk factors would predict the need for endotracheal intubation in undifferentiated adult patients presenting with poisoning/overdose with unknown substance. Five papers presented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. The author, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes, results and study weaknesses of these papers are tabulated. It is concluded that further robust studies of large cohorts are needed to answer this difficult question.

  • emergency care systems

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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