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Prehosp Emerg Care. 1999 Oct-Dec;3(4):273-8.

Confirmation of airway placement.

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Department of Medicine (Courtesy), University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, USA.


Proper airway management in the prehospital setting is essential. Recent data from Orange County, Florida, suggest that the problem of misplaced endotracheal tubes may be greater than previous studies have indicated. Strong medical direction, strict protocols, and active continuous quality improvement programs are needed to ensure that paramedics learn the correct techniques of endotracheal intubation, and that they verify tube placement with an end-tidal carbon dioxide monitor, and maintain ongoing monitoring of tube placement during transport.

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