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Advanced airway control in trauma resuscitation.
  1. M E McBrien,
  2. A J Pollok,
  3. D J Steedman
  1. Department of Accident and Emergency Medicine, Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.


    Definitive airway control which may require endotracheal intubation with or without an induction agent and muscle relaxant is an essential component of trauma resuscitation. We reviewed the delivery of advanced airway care in the resuscitation room of a regional trauma centre. This prospective survey suggests that in the absence of an experienced anaesthetist, A&E staff with a background of suitable training and experience may undertake the anaesthetic responsibility associated with securing a definitive airway when the situation demands.

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