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Performing A “Deep” Extubation

A "deep" extubation refers to removing an endotracheal tube (ETT) or laryngeal mask airway (LMA) while the patient is still under anesthesia and his/her airway reflexes (ie, gag) have not returned. Although there are...

Double Lumen Endotracheal Tubes (DLT)

Double lumen endotracheal tubes (DLTs) are considered the gold standard for lung isolation - a procedure where we selectively ventilate a single lung or lobe. This is necessary to "protect" healthy lung tissue from...

Who Is Mallampati?

Dr. S. Rao Mallampati is an anesthesiologist well known for creating one of the most widely accepted pre-operative airway assessments in clinical practice. His original paper correlates the "ability to visualize the faucial pillars,...

What Is A Rapid Sequence Intubation (RSI)?

As anesthesiologists, endotracheal intubation is a procedure we routinely do in the operating room but also emergently in patients who have cardiopulmonary arrest, depressed consciousness, impending hypoxemic and/or hypercarbic respiratory failure, or profound respiratory weakness. If a patient...

Ventilation and Intubation

One of the most essential skills of airway management is the ability to bag ventilate a patient. This can be a reassuring sign in the event of an otherwise difficult airway and is something...

Tracheal and Subglottic Stenosis Caused By Endotracheal Tubes

Endotracheal intubation is a skill learned by many specialties - anesthesia, emergency medicine, and critical care to name a few - which can have serious repercussions if not performed properly. Once the laryngoscope has...

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