rapid sequence intubation

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rap·id se·quence in·tu·ba·tion

(RSI) (rap'id sē'kwĕns in'tū-bā'shŭn)
Endotrachealintubation performed on a patient to whom a paralytic drug has been administered. Used with prehospital care in combative or head-injured patients.

rapid sequence intubation

Abbreviation: RSI
An airway control technique that uses powerful sedatives and paralytic drugs to quickly gain control of the airway, e.g., in life-threatening emergencies.
See also: intubation
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The impact of hypoxia and hyperventilation on outcome after paramedic rapid sequence intubation of severely head-injured patients.
Rapid sequence intubation in the field versus hospital in trauma patients.
Rapid sequence intubation (RSI) has become widespread as the procedure of choice for definitive airway management by pre- and in-hospital emergency care worldwide.

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