What equipment is needed to perform rapid sequence intubation (RSI)?

Updated: Apr 07, 2020
  • Author: Keith A Lafferty, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Equipment includes the following:

  • Laryngoscope (see image below): Confirm that light source is functional prior to intubation. A 2010 study demonstrated that single-use metal laryngoscope blades resulted in a lower failed intubation rate than did reusable metal blades. [15]
  • Laryngoscope handle, No. 3 Macintosh (curved) blad Laryngoscope handle, No. 3 Macintosh (curved) blade, and No. 3 Miller (straight) blade.
  • Endotracheal (ET) tube
  • Stylet
  • Syringe, 10 mL (to inflate ET tube balloon)
  • Suction catheter (eg, Yankauer)
  • Carbon dioxide detector (eg, Easycap)
  • Oral and nasal airways
  • Ambu bag and mask attached to oxygen source
  • Nasal cannula

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