What are possible complications of 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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Complications include the following:

  • Esophageal intubation

  • Iatrogenic induction of an obstructive airway

  • Right mainstem intubation

  • Dental trauma

  • Postintubation pneumonia

  • Vocal cord avulsion

  • Failure to intubate

  • Hypotension

  • Aspiration

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