Intubation and Rapid Sequence Induction- Understand some of the basics.

Helping you to understand what is happening when the patient has to be intubated. We cover the reasons for intubation, anatomy, equipment, drugs and checklists

Whether you are a student nurse, a new staff nurse or a junior doctor the process of intubation can be a bit of a mystery when you first see it. When you are not sure is happening it can be hard to feel like a valuable part of the team.

This series of videos aims to help demystify some of the this situation so that you can understand the decisions taken both before and during the intubation.

We start with the reasons for needing to intubate the patient and then cover some of the anatomy involved. We discuss the bag valve mask and the positioning of the patient for this important procedure. We also break down some of the drugs involved and, via and audio podcast, discuss some of the various mixtures of drugs we might give depending on the circumstances.

We then look at the equipment we will be using and explain the use and reasoning for them and finally, via a discussion of checklists, we take you through the whole process.

Everyone who is not sure of themselves can benefit from this teaching and I hope you will go on to function as part of the intubating team with much greater confidence as a result.

Your Instructor

Jonathan Downham
Jonathan Downham

Jonathan is an Advanced Critical Care Practitioner in the United Kingdom. He spent 20 years working in the Intensive Care unit and now works along side the doctors doing many of the tasks done only by them in the past. He has a Masters Degree in Anaesthetic Practice and also has the Critical Care Practitioner Podcast in iTunes.

He also teaches at the University of Warwick on Masters level courses and is an active member of the Intensive Care Society social media team having helped them live stream from their yearly State of the Art conference.

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