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How do thay intubate a person?

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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
6 doctors agree

In brief: Special tools

Usually, a metal instrument called a laryngoscope is used.
It has a light that illuminates the inside of the patient's mouth and is used to see the vocal cords. The breathing tube is inserted through the vocal cords into the patient's trachea (windpipe). Sometimes, a fiberoptic scope is used in special circumstances, for example, when the patient's mouth doesn't open or the neck is immobile.

In brief: Special tools

Usually, a metal instrument called a laryngoscope is used.
It has a light that illuminates the inside of the patient's mouth and is used to see the vocal cords. The breathing tube is inserted through the vocal cords into the patient's trachea (windpipe). Sometimes, a fiberoptic scope is used in special circumstances, for example, when the patient's mouth doesn't open or the neck is immobile.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Danny Proffitt
Family Medicine
5 doctors agree

In brief: Many ways

Intubation is the placement of a tube into the trachea (windpipe).
Usually done through the mouth but can be done through the nose. Can be placed through the neck through a tracheotomy. It is a complex and sometimes difficult process. Usually done by anesthesiologists, er doctor, pulmonologists, emt and many other health care providers. In good hands, it is usually no problem. Breathe easy!

In brief: Many ways

Intubation is the placement of a tube into the trachea (windpipe).
Usually done through the mouth but can be done through the nose. Can be placed through the neck through a tracheotomy. It is a complex and sometimes difficult process. Usually done by anesthesiologists, er doctor, pulmonologists, emt and many other health care providers. In good hands, it is usually no problem. Breathe easy!
Dr. Danny Proffitt
Dr. Danny Proffitt
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Dr. Seth Akst
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Carefully

An anesthesiologist will make certain that you have heart and oxygen monitors in place, and have been breathing extra oxygen for a few minutes.
Then they will adminisster a drug to make certain you are completely unconscious. At that point, using a special instrument to shift your tongue and shine a light in the back of your throat, the anesthesiologist can carefully place the breathing tube.

In brief: Carefully

An anesthesiologist will make certain that you have heart and oxygen monitors in place, and have been breathing extra oxygen for a few minutes.
Then they will adminisster a drug to make certain you are completely unconscious. At that point, using a special instrument to shift your tongue and shine a light in the back of your throat, the anesthesiologist can carefully place the breathing tube.
Dr. Seth Akst
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Dr. David Edsall
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree

In brief: 7 methods

There are 7 ways, most anesthesiologist do 99%+ with the metal flashlight method.
A good anes. Will be skilled in at least 3 or 4, doing 2-4 of each type each month (ask!). The light wand is the quickest, least traumatic, and easiest but many never do it. The flashlight (larygnosope) has the highest success rate. All methods have a failure rate. Thus one should be expert at several methods.

In brief: 7 methods

There are 7 ways, most anesthesiologist do 99%+ with the metal flashlight method.
A good anes. Will be skilled in at least 3 or 4, doing 2-4 of each type each month (ask!). The light wand is the quickest, least traumatic, and easiest but many never do it. The flashlight (larygnosope) has the highest success rate. All methods have a failure rate. Thus one should be expert at several methods.
Dr. David Edsall
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Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Anesthesiology

In brief: Placing tube.

Typically you are placed under anesthesia first and then a clean, plastic tube is inserted into your trachea under direct visualication by a trained person.
It is done for the purposes of airway protection. It is typically removed at the end of the surgery, just before complete awakening. Expect minimal to no recollection of this procedure.

In brief: Placing tube.

Typically you are placed under anesthesia first and then a clean, plastic tube is inserted into your trachea under direct visualication by a trained person.
It is done for the purposes of airway protection. It is typically removed at the end of the surgery, just before complete awakening. Expect minimal to no recollection of this procedure.
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
Dr. Scott Mackinnon
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