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The introduction of a tube into a hollow organ to keep it open, especially into the larynx to ensure the passage of air.



the introduction of a special tube into the larynx through the mouth for the purpose of eliminating respiratory disruption in burns, certain traumas, severe spasms of the larynx, laryngeal diphtheria, and acute, rapidly resolvable (for example, allergic) laryngeal edemas. Intubation may sometimes replace tracheotomy. In order to avoid the danger of asphyxiation, the tube is usually withdrawn and the patient transfers to normal respiration.

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The PTQ completed on the patient with the esophageal intubation (described earlier) included the comment, "in retrospect would rely on clinical signs of oxygenation rather than monitoring" (Table 1, Case 4).
The oxygenation monitor failed to produce a signal, and analysis of exhaled gas to detect carbon dioxide and continued ventilation was not used, so the esophageal intubation remained unrecognized (Mackenzie et al.
Detection of esophageal intubation is made by auscultation of the chest and abdomen and a failure to detect ETC[O.
Studies showed that esophageal intubation occurs in 5% of cases undergoing endotracheal intubation via the intubating laryngeal mask airway, and 2.
Inadvertent esophageal intubation due to thick scar tissue may obscure light and limit tracheal visibility.