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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.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



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 In order to avoid the danger of asphyxiation, the tube is usually withdrawn and the patient transfers to normal respiration.

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In one study, it took experienced anesthesiologists an average of 98.8 seconds to intubate manikins with manual in-line stabilization by using the McGrath VL.17 However, it is not possible to make an explicit comparison between these studies, as the definition of intubation time varied between them.
It however had a positive predictive value of only 72.8% so about one third patients with airways actually easy to intubate will be subjected to the protocol for management of a difficult airway if ULBT will be used for preoperative airway assessment.
Management of the "can't intubate, can't ventilate situation and the emergency surgical airway.
Although the smallest camera available for the application is being used, it is still too large for the small tubes necessary to intubate infants and children.
Two failed attempts to intubate the baby were made before he was successfully intubated at 1.51am.
Because we did not allow our patients to desaturate, we cannot comment on the effect of these doses in a "Cannot Ventilate, Cannot Intubate" situation.
Furthermore, in cases predicted to be DIs 75% were not difficult to intubate and of those predicted to be difficult to ventilate, 78% were easy to ventilate.
The court heard she assessed him but had not asked anyone to intubate Tony - placing a tube down his throat - and ventilate him.
A medical graduate used a data-collection tool to obtain the following information: patients\' demographics, underlying conditions for intubation, precipitating factors (both medical and surgical conditions), specific diagnosis, method of intubation (RSI versus crash), number of attempts required to intubate successfully, team deciding and intubating the patient, medications used, time delays after intubation decision, and immediate complications.
The rare occurrence of the 'can't intubate, can't oxygenate' crisis make it one of the most challenging events in anaesthetic practice.
"Did you actually tell the ER to intubate him?" she asked.