Research Analysis: Intubation curriculum increases first pass success

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Researchers with Air Methods Corporation recently published the results of their novel airway management curriculum in Prehospital Emergency Care. The curriculum, known as the Helicopter Advanced Resuscitation Training (HeART), focuses on combining critical thinking on the part of providers with established best practices in airway management.

This 25-month retrospective observational study includes over 5,000 patients that underwent rapid sequence intubation (RSI) by providers stationed at one of 160 air medical bases across the U.S.

Providers were trained in the HeART curriculum during orientation and then received follow-up training through a series of labs during the study period. Of the 5,893 patients that underwent intubation attempts, only the 5,132 intubations done using rocuronium or succinylcholine were included in the final analysis.

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