patients are intubated during surgery.
[color=#483d8b]some procedures are the exception, called "monitored anesthesia care" where large doses of sedatives are given (beyond "moderate sedation").these include central venous access procedures done in the or (port a cath, hickman placement), and i'm sure some others that i am not familiar with.
[color=#483d8b]the type of surgery you are talking about may fall under the scope of "monitored anesthesia care" in some institutions, i'm not sure.
[color=#483d8b]however, intubation is always the safe
bet for managing the airway. may need to intubate the patient, but there is no guess as to whether or no the patient has received adequate oxygenation during the procedure. the intubation virtually guarantees that.
[color=#483d8b]the patient would be "at risk for breathing problems/aspiration" simply because of the drugs they were given to sedate them.
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i am hoping someone can answer this question for me. why would a patient that is undergoing ear surgery (removal of a stirrup) be intubated?
this patient has had nothing to eat/drink prior to surgery
he is diabetic, not sure if that is of importance
very strong gag reflex (although you can't swallow your tongue, so i doubt that has anything to do with it)
no other major health concerns, 50 y.o male
and is not under general anesthesia
the tube was placed before surgery..
i am aware that the purpose is to "help the patient breathe", but i was hoping it could be explained why this patient would be at risk for breathing problems/aspiration..