Date of Award


Document Type

Independent Study

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Airway is the initial and single most important step in any Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS), airway rescue, or trauma resuscitative algorithm. Without a patent airway, further resuscitative measures are futile. Rapid sequence intubation (RSD is a technique used by Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) and other appropriately trained healthcare providers to secDre the airway in an attempt to regain physiological homeostasis in ihe failing patient. This procedure, however, is associated with substantial ri sks. A.dditional l.y, those oati.ents r-ec1uirin r2: RSI are often the most ..i. J ,_. critically ill with a multitude of other injuries or pathology. A i:horough understanding of airway management, rapid sequence intubation technique, and potential compUcations of this technique must be a priority for those professionals involved in airway rescue. The purpose of this review is to explore the most common indications for rapid sequence or emergent tracheal intubations in the critical care setting, to describe the most common techniques and pharmacological agents utilized, and to discuss the complications associated with rapid sequence intubation. The expected outcome of this independent study is that there will be an increase in knowledge and awareness by CRNAs and other healthcare providers that will ultimately result in improved patient outcome

A comprehensive literature review utilizing retrospective research, prospective studies and case reports regarding the indications, techniques, pharmacological agents and complications of RSI will be conducted. A power point educational presentation that includes the indications, techniques and complications of RSI will be developed and presented to CRNAs, nurse anesthesia students, and other healthcare professionals involved in airway rescue outside of the operating room. An adult learning theoretical framework will guide this study