Title

Airway management: The basics of endotracheal intubation

Authors

Maura Polansky

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

12-1-1997

Journal

Internet Journal of Academic Physician Assistants

Volume

1

Issue

1

Keywords

Airway management; Education; Endotracheal intubation; Nursing; Patient care; Physician assistants; Respiratory failure

Abstract

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.

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