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Endotracheal intubation question? Can they do it while awake?

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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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