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..