As the duty locum Intensivist you have been called to urgently review a patient on the medical ward of a small private hospital. The patient, Jane, is a 62-year-old female who was admitted to the ward yesterday with shortness of breath and leg swelling.
She presents with shortness of breath often, and has recently been started on a bronchodilator.
A local GP registrar was on the ward reviewing another patient and noticed that Jane was working very hard to breathe. The registrar emergently intubated her prior to your arrival.