Endotracheal Intubation - Indication

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What is the purpose of endotracheal intubation?

The endotracheal tube serves as an open passage through the upper airway. The purpose of endotracheal intubation is to permit air to pass freely to and from the lungs in order to ventilate the lungs. Endotracheal tubes can be connected to ventilator machines to provide artificial respiration. This can help when a patient is unconscious and by maintaining a patent airway, especially during surgery. It is often used when patients are critically ill and cannot maintain adequate respiratory function to meet their needs. The endotracheal tube facilitates the use of a mechanical ventilator in these critical situations.

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Comment from: Dick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

I received endotracheal intubation as I underwent surgery to sever the left occipital nerve in my head at the spinal cord.

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Comment from: bonita, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: January 27

I had a skin cancer squamous cell removed from my nose/cheek area and they were supposed to put me to sleep like they do when you get a colonoscopy, so that you wake up quickly from the anesthesia. However, they said I wasn't breathing correctly so they had to intubate me and put a tube down my throat. I coughed up blood for 2 days and now can't quit coughing. Also the whites of my eyes are dark bloody red.

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