Endotracheal Intubation - Complications

Did you experience any complications from endotracheal intubation? If so, what were those complications?

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What are the complications of endotracheal intubation?

If the tube is inadvertently placed in the esophagus (right behind the trachea), adequate respirations will not occur. Brain damage, cardiac arrest, and death can occur. Aspiration of stomach contents can result in pneumonia and ARDS. Placement of the tube too deep can result in only one lung being ventilated and can result in a pneumothorax as well as inadequate ventilation. During endotracheal tube placement, damage can also occur to the teeth, the soft tissues in the back of the throat, as well as the vocal cords.

This procedure should be performed by a physician with experience in intubation. In the vast majority of cases of intubation, no significant complications occur.

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