Intubation is the process of placing a tube into the body for medical purposes. Typically, intubation refers to the placement of an endotracheal tube to assist the patient when they are not breathing effectively. The tube is placed into the trachea and connected to an assistive device for breathing.
Michael V. Jackson, MD
Specialty: Critical Care Medicine
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What does intubation mean?
Karen L. Gorton, PhD, MS, RN, Emergency Room Nursing, answered on behalf of Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
How should I set up an advance care directive?
To set up an advance care directive (ACD):
- Ask your doctor or local health department for ACD and healthcare proxy forms, or download free forms for your state at www.caringinfo.org or www.nhpco.org.
- When filling in your ACD, consider the things you want and don't want done, such as indicating when you'd want to be taken off life support and if you want to be an organ donor.
- Communicate and explain your wishes to your family members at the time you prepare your ACD, especially if you think they may object to your decisions.
- If you have an ACD that needs to be updated, do so while you're still capable of making well-thought-out decisions.
- Provide copies of your ACD to your family, proxy and doctors to help prevent stress and arguments later.
What equipment is standard in most emergency rooms?
Discovery Health answered
Emergency Departments are stocked with a huge array of intricate and oddly shaped, beeping and blinking equipment. It all serves an important purpose
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A stethoscope can be an incredibly useful diagnostic tool. It lets a nurse or doctor listen to heart and respiratory sounds. For example, stethoscopes are especially good at hearing a heart murmur, a sign of a possibly abnormal heart valve.
When listening to the lungs with a stethoscope, a doctor can diagnose diseases such as pneumonia, asthma, collapsed lungs or congestive heart failure.
A stethoscope also is used to take blood pressure. A nurse listens to the flow of blood through arteries.
- Cardiac Monitor
Cardiac monitors give a visual display of the heart rhythm. This can be very useful, particularly during a heart attack when a patient can suddenly develop a lethal cardiac rhythm. A patient is connected to the monitor by three sticky patches on the chest, attached to the monitor via wires. The monitors are set to alarm if the heart rate goes above or below a predetermined number.
- Suture Tray
This tray contains the sterile equipment needed to place stitches in a patient with a laceration. Equipment includes: a needle holder, forceps (used to hold the lacerated tissue), sterile towels (to drape off non sterile areas of the body), scissors, and small bowls (that hold antiseptic solutions).
- Orthopedic Equipment
Most emergency rooms have a generous number of orthopedic devices. These can include plaster and/or fiberglass materials to splint limbs that are fractured or severely injured. Pre-made splints for specific joints also can be found including knee immobilizers, finger splints, Velcro wrist splints, shoulder slings, air splints and cervical collars – not to mention cast cutters for when a cast has become too tight.