Don't just do something – stand there.
Here are a bunch of very informative pieces on why trying to blame excessive costs or busy-ness on low acuity patients in the ED is, at be...
Seth - best PK talk ever! This was right-on!One thing though - I would be nervous if I only saw "1 pixel" of variation with each breath in an intubated patient. Thanks!
Benjamin- Thanks! I appreciate it. I agree, 1 pixel variation is not particularly reassuring, and I think it's reasonable to check the tube/LMA in any other way you can (eg gently place a bougie until hold-up). The only times I have seen such a small variation is during cardiac arrest. The big mistake would be to attribute a flat ETCO2 to the low cardiac output from the arrest, and not that your tube is not in.