Airway management: The basics of endotracheal intubation
Internet Journal of Academic Physician Assistants
Airway management; Education; Endotracheal intubation; Nursing; Patient care; Physician assistants; Respiratory failure
Airway management (AM) can be life-saving in certain emergency situations. Physician assistants may encounter patients requiring AM in virtually any clinical setting. Endotracheal intubation (El) is indicated in several clinical situations including respiratory failure, cardiorespiratory arrest, upper airway obstruction, in patients at risk for aspiration, and for certain elective procedures. It is mandatory that a clinician responsible for airway management be familiar with airway anatomy and how it pertains to intubation. Ideally, prior to attempting El, all necessary equipment, medications, emergency supplies, and support staff should be in place. Patients should be monitored before, during and after intubation. Proper technique of El is reviewed, as well as assessment of proper endotracheal tube placement. Copyright Internet Scientific Publications, LLC, 1996 to 2007.
Polansky, M. (1997). Airway management: The basics of endotracheal intubation. Internet Journal of Academic Physician Assistants, 1 (1). Retrieved from https://hsrc.himmelfarb.gwu.edu/smhs_pa_facpubs/102