|A 24-year-old drug addict presents, complaining of ascending limb weakness, with a GCS of 14, having injected cocaine a few days earlier. You are asked to see him on the medical ward.
Electrolytes: Na+ normal; K+ 7.9 mM
Arterial blood gases: Combined metabolic and respiratory acidosis
Chest X-ray: Right lower zone infection/ aspiration, left lower lobe collapse.
1. What is the differential diagnosis?
2. How would you intubate this patient?
3. Discuss your further management of this patient.