A number of pharmacologic agents have been used for induction during rapid sequence intubation (RSI). Some of these agents may have adverse effects that can limit their use in certain clinical settings. This study was undertaken to determine the safety and utility of etomidate in patients with a range of underlying clinical conditions. Thirty-four patients underwent RSI in the emergency department (ED). Hemodynamic measurements and clinical assessments were recorded before and after intubation. The results suggest that etomidate is a safe and effective agent for use in a range of patients undergoing RSI in the ED.