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Endotracheal Tubes: Parts and FAQ

What is an Endotracheal Tube?


What are endotracheal tubes and why are they needed? When a patient requires a secure airway, the anesthetist or other highly trained health care provider will place a devices known as Endotracheal tubes aka ET-Tube in the patient’s trachea. The anesthetist will pass the endotracheal tube through the mouth and into the trachea during a procedure known as intubation. Intubation allows positive pressure ventilation and an airway secure from aspiration.

For the anesthetist to place the ET- tube during intubation, The provider will use one of several available devices to place the endotracheal tube.

Instruments to perform Endotracheal Intubation:

  • Laryngoscope
  • GlideScope
  • C-Mac
  • Fiber Optic EndoScope

Parts of the Endotracheal tube

ET Tube FAQ:

  • Made of PVC (Polyvinyl Chloride)
  • Tubes are Single use
  • Tube cuffs are low pressure to avoid injury to the trachea.
  • There is a Radio Opaque line on ET Tubes so they can be seen on X-ray.  

Here are a few types of Endotracheal Tubes:

  • Nasal RAE tube
  • Double Lumen Tube
  • Oral Rae
  • Pediatric  tube
  • Adult Tube 

Updated on February 20, 2019

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