What causes decreased consciousness and loss of airway reflexes requiring rapid sequence intubation (RSI)?

Updated: Feb 28, 2019
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Answer

Decreased consciousness and loss of airway reflexes, as follows:

  • Failure to protect airway against aspiration - Decreased consciousness that leads to regurgitation of vomit, secretions, or blood

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