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Dr. Jonathan Lau
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Endotracheal Intubation (Overview)

A procedure that ensures openness, protection and the certainty of oxygen delivery to the lungs by placing a tube into a patient's windpipe (trachea).


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What is the process of endotracheal intubation like?

What is the process of endotracheal intubation like?

Most patients asleep: Putting a breathing tube into a patient's airway is not comfortable--think how irritating it is when even a drop of liquid goes down the wrong way! most of the time, this is done after a patient is already asleep under anesthesia. Occasionally, local anesthesia is used to numb the airway if intubation needs to be done with the patient awake for special circumstances such as neck injury. ...Read more

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Dr. Jonathan Lau
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Endotracheal Intubation (Overview)

A procedure that ensures openness, protection and the certainty of oxygen delivery to the lungs by placing a tube into a patient's windpipe (trachea).


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Endotracheal intubation question? Can they do it while awake?

Yes: It is done awake for specific reasons, these may include disrupted(broken) neck, such as related to trauma; anatomic, full stomach, need to neurologically assess after airway manipulation(such as make occur in c-spine surgery). Important technique for anesthesiologist to be comfortable with, patient is typically sedated and comfortable during procedure. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: endotracheal intubation?

Maintain an Airway: A procedure that ensures openness, protection and the certainty of oxygen delivery to the lungs by placing a tube into a patient's windpipe (trachea). ...Read more

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What is the resident's role in assisting with endotracheal intubation?

Supervised: A resident typically handles the entire endotracheal intubation process under the supervision of an attending physician. ...Read more

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C sectioning: epidural or endotracheal intubation?

Depends on situation: In an emergency situation where the baby may be in distress, general anesthesia with intubation is often the fastest and most reliable choice. For an elective or less urgent csection, epidural or spinal anesthesia is preferred. Less medication reaches the baby, and the mother can be awake to see her baby right away. Talk to your anesthesiologist about anesthesia options for labor and delivery. ...Read more

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Worried concerning endotracheal intubation. What if I have tmd?

Don't worry too much: If you need endotracheal intubation for general anesthesia, in order to under a surgical procedure, you should tell your anesthesiologist about your tmd. Your anesthesiologist should be able to modify the technique of intubation to minimize the risk of additional injury to your jaw joints. But if you really need surgery, then you will need to be intubated, regardless of your tmd, which may flare. ...Read more

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Can anaphylaxis cause problems for me in endotracheal intubation?

Yes: Anaphylaxis in any situation can lead to rapid cardiovascular deterioration and death. If there are certain anesthetics or sedatives that cause anaphylaxis, you should make sure your doctors know before the need for intubation arises. ...Read more

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Whats the difference between a tracheostomy and endotracheal intubation?

Whats the difference between a tracheostomy and endotracheal intubation?

An incision: Endotracheal intubation is usually done through the mouth and sometimes through the nose. Tracheostomy involves an incision through the neck into the trachea. ...Read more

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What is the process of endotracheal intubation like for the preemie?

Preemie intubation: Preemies are intubated with an endotracheal tube whose size is based on the baby's body weight. They are awake and sometimes receive some sedation when placed on a ventilator. If the intubation is just for surfactant administration and then the tube is removed they are not usually sedated. ...Read more

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What equipment do crnas assemble for endotracheal intubation?

Depends on situation: Intubation by an anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist is always done with careful preparation: suction equipment, a laryngoscope, different sizes of breathing tubes. Sometimes a fiberoptic scope or other advanced airway equipment is necessary. Anesthesia training prepares the team to assess the patient's airway and have all the proper equipment necessary for safe care. ...Read more

Dr. Norman Cohen
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Intubation (Definition)

It is the insertion of a tube into the trachea to maintain a secure airway. This is essential ...Read more