Airway management during cardiopulmonary arrest is a contentious issue and subject to great debate. Previous retrospective studies have identified associations between endotracheal intubation (ETI) during CPR and increased mortality. Many pre-hospital clinicians would argue that bag-mask ventilation (BMV) is superior in terms of survival during advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) because it is a less complex technique with fewer complications that does not interfere with administration of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
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