In “Trauma Airway Intubation Is a Team Effort,” author Christopher T. Stephens, MD, MS, NREMT-P, stresses the importance of confirming proper endotracheal tube placement. He lists several ways this is done:
Bilateral breath sounds;
Calorimetric end-tidal carbon dioxide; and
Continuous waveform capnography.
Continuous waveform capnography ideally should be used by every paramedic unit that’s intubating patients in the field. This will be discussed further in the next article, due out Feb. 8. Stay tuned for more!