Intubation Criteria

as pronounced by one of our excellent ED nurses:

“When your respiratory rate and heart rate are the same, it’s time to intubate.”

I tend to agree.


  1. Haha! I’ll have to remember that one!

  2. Or time for atropine, depending on the circumstances.

  3. As a resident I was always somewhat unclear as to the exact criteria for intubation. Now it all makes sense! :)

  4. Then there is the other great rule:

    “Blood goes round and round, air goes in and out. Any variation on this is a bad thing!”