Paramedic Rapid Sequence Induction (RSI) in a South African Emergency Medical Service (EMS): a retrospective observational study

Matthew Gunning, Dr Richard Von Rahden

Abstract


Aim of study: To describe paramedic performance (i.e. safety) and patient response (i.e. effectiveness) following rapid sequence induction and intubation (RSI) in the pre-hospital and emergency environment in a South African EMS.

 Specific objectives:

1. To describe paramedic performance (i.e. intubation success rate) when performing RSI.

2. To describe patient response (complications, incidence of hypotension and hypoxia) following paramedic RSI.