Training and experience are more important than the type of practitioner for intubation success
1 Ambulance Service of New South Wales, Locked Bag 105, Rozelle NSW 2039, Australia
2 Discipline of Emergency Medicine, University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
Critical Care 2013, 17:412 doi:10.1186/cc11924
See related research by Lossius et al., http://ccforum.com/content/16/1/R24Published: 8 February 2013
First paragraph (this article has no abstract)
A meta-analysis by Lossius and colleagues demonstrated a higher endotracheal intubation (ETI) success rate for physicians compared with nonphysicians . We re-analysed the data from Lossius and colleagues to investigate the relationship between the clinicians' levels of training and ETI success rates, utilising the 'Overview of included studies' spreadsheet published online as an additional file. We created a variable for a high level of ETI training taken from the 'extensively trained' description in the 'EMS manning' column. We assumed the physicians to also be highly trained in ETI, as they entirely comprised emergency physicians and anaesthesiologists. Our multivariate meta-regression analysis, adjusting for the training and the type of practitioners, found a 2% difference in intubation success (P = 0.12) between physicians and nonphysicians (Table 1), which was not statistically significant. Rapid sequence induction was left out of the final model, because all physicians utilised this induction and its inclusion would needlessly inflate variance.