A Scottish study of 628 pre-hospital intubation attempts in cardiac arrest patients records the rate of successful intubations, oesophageal intubations, and endobronchial intubations. Prehospital tracheal intubation was associated with decreased rates of survival to admission. This study has the limitations of a retrospective series but indirectly provides some further muscle to the supraglottic airway lobby.
Field intubation of cardiac arrest patients: a dying art?
Emerg Med J. 2010 Apr;27(4):321-3