Clinical decision making by paramedics in emergency rapid sequence intubation
Paramedic clinical decision making (CDM) surrounding emergency airway management of the critically ill or injured patient in the pre-hospital environment is poorly understood. In order to deliver pre-hospital care effectively it is necessary to understand how paramedics make clinical decisions in this area and determine what influences clinical practice. This study primarily investigated the factors influencing paramedic CDM in the context of advanced emergency airway management with specific focus on the newly introduced skill of rapid sequence intubation (RSI). An evaluation of the correct application of RSI guidelines, the determination of the need for their review and the identification of measures to enhance CDM around RSI were secondary research questions.