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Alternative namesIntubation - endotracheal
DefinitionAn endotracheal intubation introduces a tube into the trachea to provide an open airway to administer oxygen, gaseous medication, or anesthetics. May also be done to remove blockages, or to view the interior walls. See bronchoscopy .
Update Date: 10/28/2003Cherlin Johnson, M.D., Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT