Clinical characteristics of paramedics' performance of pediatric endotracheal intubation

Am J Emerg Med. 1989 Jul;7(4):364-6. doi: 10.1016/0735-6757(89)90039-9.


There are little data available on success rates, complications, and efficacy of intubation in the pediatric age group by prehospital personnel. In a 12-month period, paramedics successfully intubated 32 of 36 (88.9%) patients for various indications, with a total of 67 attempts. Seventeen of 36 (47.2%) patients survived to hospital admission. Patient age ranged from newborn to 14 years. Paramedics used the straight blade in 21 of 37 patients (56.8%). The study demonstrates that paramedics can intubate pediatric patients with the same success rate as in adult patients. The data support the inclusion of pediatric endotracheal intubation in the scope of paramedic practice.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Allied Health Personnel*
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Emergencies
  • Emergency Medical Technicians*
  • Employee Performance Appraisal
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods*