What is the prehospital care of epiglottitis?

Updated: Apr 28, 2020
  • Author: Sandra G Gompf, MD, FACP, FIDSA; Chief Editor: Jeter (Jay) Pritchard Taylor, III, MD  more...
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Do not attempt intubation in the field unless acute airway obstruction is present. In the event of respiratory failure or obstruction, if emergency medical services (EMS) is unable to intubate, then cricothyroidotomy or needle-jet insufflation are the next lines of treatment.


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