Emergency neurological life support: Airway, ventilation, and sedation

David B. Seder, Richard R. Riker, Andy Jagoda, Wade S. Smith, Scott D. Weingart

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Airway management is central to the resuscitation of the neurologically ill. These patients often have evolving processes that threaten the airway and adequate ventilation. Therefore, airway, ventilation, and sedation were chosen as an Emergency Neurological Life Support (ENLS) protocol. Reviewed topics include airway management; the decision to intubate; when and how to intubate with attention to cardiovascular status; mechanical ventilation settings; and the use of sedation, including how to select sedative agents based on the patient's neurological status.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)S4-S20
JournalNeurocritical Care
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
StatePublished - Sep 2012


  • Airway protection
  • Intubation
  • Respiratory failure
  • Ventilation


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