Knowing when a patient is in respiratory distress and will likely be intubated is a key skill you will use regularly as a nurse. Nurses in all settings come into contact with patients who decompensate, and knowing when you need to intervene can mean the difference between life and death.
In this episode, we’ll talk about:

  • Normal respiratory findings
  • The general signs of respiratory compromise
  • The process of emergent intubation
  • What medication to avoid if your patient is hyperkalemic
  • Care of the patient after intubation

Want to learn more about conducting a respiratory assessment? Take a deep dive into this key skill in Episode 237.

Ready to explore further? Learn more about acute respiratory distress syndrome in Episode 137.

Read the article “When to Intubate Your Patient”.

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