What is the role of endotracheal intubation in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?

Updated: Sep 15, 2020
  • Author: Catharine A Bon, MD; Chief Editor: Kirsten A Bechtel, MD  more...
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An Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS) provider (ie, physician, nurse, paramedic) may also elect to insert an endotracheal tube directly into the trachea of the patient (intubation), which provides the most efficient and effective ventilations. However, 2 retrospective cohort studies have called into question the value of prehospital endotracheal intubation. [39, 40] Further study in this area is warranted.


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