Safer pre-hospital anaesthesia | Association of Anaesthetists

Safer pre-hospital anaesthesia

Please note that these guidelines are currently under review and will be updated in due course


Pre-hospital emergency anaesthesia with oral tracheal intubation is the technique of choice for trauma patients who cannot maintain their airway or achieve adequate ventilation. It should be carried out as soon as safely possible and performed to the same standards as in-hospital emergency anaesthesia.  

These guidelines offer advice on safer pre-hospital anaesthesia and include information on:  

  • Pre-hospital anaesthesia for children 
  • Personnel and training 
  • Equipment and monitoring 
  • Pre-anaesthesia sedation 
  • When to consider intramuscular sedation