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February 9, 2000

Out-of-Hospital Intubation of Children

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Division of Pediatrics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

JAMA. 2000;283(6):797-798. doi:10.1001/jama.283.6.797

In this issue of THE JOURNAL, Gausche and colleagues1 report survival and neurological outcomes for pediatric patients treated out of hospital with bag-valve-mask ventilation (BVM) compared with patients treated with BVM followed by endotracheal intubation (ETI). The authors found no difference in the outcomes of the 2 groups and identified significant complications in patients receiving ETI. These findings challenge national consensus that ETI should be in the scope of practice of the emergency medical services (EMS) provider.

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