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How to Intubate During CPR

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how to get it right


In this space, we review an approach to intubation in cardiac arrest care that will improve your FPS and minimize the interruption of CPR. Because getting it right the first time is also the fastest and safest way to intubate.

Digital Learning Space

Potential Benefits

There is no one-size-fits-all solution to airway management. While focusing on high-quality chest compressions with minimal interruptions (rather than intubation) is the goal during cardiac arrest, there are still times when endotracheal tube placement is beneficial or even preferred over other options, particularly during prolonged cardiac arrest resuscitation.

Clinical Pearl

The Importance of First Pass Success

So you want to minimize interruption of chest compressions, free up team members, be able to move on to other tasks, and continue the resuscitation by placing a definitive airway? The best way to do that is to optimize your likelihood of first-pass success (FPS).

Getting it right the first time will reduce stress (in you), improve patient outcomes, avoid complications, and allow you to get on with the resuscitation.

Optimize Your Technique

Improve First Pass Success

Intubating quickly and efficiently the first time is the easiest way to minimize interruptions to active chest compressions. Here are the five we think are most valuable.

Tools of the Trade

go to devices
  • Video Laryngoscope
  • Tube Introducers
  • Hyperangulated Video Laryngoscope

Procedure Video

demonstration of intubation with active chest comporessions

Here a demonstration of effective intubation technique during CPR.

Guided Practice

HANDS-ON training

Remember, if you’re in one of our pop-up learning spaces or a PAC Live event, find this icon and use the multimedia tools for hands-on guided practice.

  1. Look for this icon.
  2. Snap the QR code.
  3. Begin your hands-on practice.
  4. Get feedback on your skills.

Don’t forget to ask our faculty coaches for real-time expert feedback and earn points!

Earn Points

  1. Open the guide to a tab on your browser.
  2. Visit each poster & review the content.
  3. Complete any challenges to earn points.

What’s Next


Congratulations! You’ve completed this section of the learning space. Collect all the available points before moving on to the next poster to explore all the interactive and hands-on learning opportunities. 

Online Only

If you can’t be with us in person, you can still enjoy the online version of this learning space by using the link below.

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