Endotracheal intubation


Endotracheal intubation is the process of passing a tube through the larynx into the trachea, in order to maintain a clear airway and enable breathing to be assisted if necessary. Once a tube has been positioned it will also protect the airway when the swallowing and coughing reflexes are suppressed, so that material such as saliva does not enter the trachea. 

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Updated on 17th May 2020

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