I have to agree that intubation, while it could save a life, is one more thing to maintain credentialing and competencies on.
As an EMT-Critical Care, I do not actually get that much practice in the field on real patients. My peers at all levels in the field also get very little experience, so we all drag out the mannekin every so often and "tube the head" to keep our skills up. By the way, intubation is being looked at as a possible Basic EMT skill in some areas.
The procedure itself is basically plumbing and pneumatics; insert tube (ET) into another tube (trachea) and add air with oxygen
. Any nurse can be trained to do the procedure, but do we want the added liability. We all know that, if something goes wrong, the nurse takes it in the shorts (legally and financially) and the hospital says, "who.... us?????
KR - you are just down the road from me. I get to Sayre occasionally (Bob's Honda).