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      Category : Health Centers > Respiratory System (Lungs and Breathing)


Alternate Names : Endotracheal Intubation, Nasotracheal Intubation, Orotracheal Intubation

Intubation | Preparation & Expectations | Home Care and Complications

What happens right after the procedure?

Once the tube has been inserted:

  • it is attached to a bag that can be squeezed to deliver breaths to the person
  • its placement will be checked by listening for airflow sounds over the lungs
  • a chest X-ray will be taken to confirm that the tube is in the right place
  • an arterial blood gas test may be done to check for proper levels of oxygen and carbon dioxide
  • the person may be sedated
  • A person who has been intubated cannot talk.

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    Intubation: Home Care and Complications

    Author: Gail Hendrickson, RN, BS
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 04/11/01

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