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What is intubation?

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A doctor puts a tube down your throat and into your windpipe to make it easier to get air into and out of your lungs.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Endotracheal Intubation by Direct Laryngoscopy.”

Medscape: “Rapid Sequence Intubation.”

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure," “Drugs To Aid Intubation,” “Tracheal Intubation.”

Patel, S., Majmundar, S. , Statpearls, 2019. Physiology, Carbon Dioxide Retention

UpToDate: “Rapid sequence intubation for adults outside the operating room,” “The decision to intubate,” “Direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in adults.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 21, 2019

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Endotracheal Intubation by Direct Laryngoscopy.”

Medscape: “Rapid Sequence Intubation.”

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure," “Drugs To Aid Intubation,” “Tracheal Intubation.”

Patel, S., Majmundar, S. , Statpearls, 2019. Physiology, Carbon Dioxide Retention

UpToDate: “Rapid sequence intubation for adults outside the operating room,” “The decision to intubate,” “Direct laryngoscopy and endotracheal intubation in adults.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on July 21, 2019

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