Case study involving suctioning of an electromyographic endotracheal tube.
The electromyographic endotracheal tube (EMG-ETT) is a relatively new tool used to measure integrity of the vocal cord structures during surgery. We describe a case in which an EMG-ETT was inserted for the operative period but not replaced with an ETT during the immediate postoperative period. Intensive care unit nurses had difficulty suctioning the EMG-ETT. The patient was not provided the pulmonary toilet necessary until the EMG-ETT was removed and replaced with a regular ETT. The purpose of this article is to make anesthesia providers aware that when mechanical ventilation is required during the postoperative period, the EMG-ETT should be removed and replaced with a regular ETT to facilitate pulmonary toilet.
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Evanina, E. Y., & Hanisak, J. L. (2005). Case study involving suctioning of an electromyographic endotracheal tube. AANA journal, 73(2), 111–113.
Anesthesiology | Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Anesthesiology