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CJEM. 2006 Sep;8(5):347-50.

Etomidate for rapid sequence intubation in the emergency department: is adrenal suppression a concern?

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CSU Pharmaceutical Sciences, Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Abstract

Etomidate has become one of the most commonly used induction agents in the United States during emergency department (ED) endotracheal intubation. While etomidate may be popular, concerns have been raised about possible adrenal suppression and subsequent adverse effects. In this paper we critically evaluate the recent literature and perspectives regarding the effect of etomidate on the adrenocortical system.

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