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Ketamine vs Etomidate for Unstable Patients? | Rapid Sequence Intubation | #CodeBlueDebrief

Updated: Nov 15, 2023

Welcome to PHARMWYZE! Clinical pharmacotherapy content made for learners of all medicine backgrounds. Thanks for joining me on the Code Blue Debrief YouTube & Podcast series. The focus will be evidence-based medicine and pharmacotherapy topics for emergency medicine and critical care learners.



Hello there, Pharmers and Friends, Mark with PHARMWYZE. I'm a board certified emergency medicine pharmacist. I make clinical pharmacotherapy content on the social medias. Thanks for joining me on the Code Blue Debrief: A Clinical Pharmacotherapy YouTube & Podcast Series.

Make sure to hit the follow, subscribe, and notification bell as we get into the episode's topic. We'll be discussing ketamine and etomidate for hemodynamically unstable patients for rapid sequence intubation? Induction agents are an essential component of rapid sequence intubation. They work synergistically with neuromuscular blockers. As the paralytics relax the vocal cords for optimal conditions as the endotracheal tubes is being passed, induction agents provide amnesia and make the patient unconscious. That is an important thing to mention.

How much drug does the patient really need when they're body is barely hanging on? There is such a thing as drug toxicities and we want to keep it safe. Let's briefly review these two agents.

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