A 14-year-old obese male patient presented following a motor vehicle accident with multiple injuries and respiratory failure requiring endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation. Because of potential problems with a difficult airway, an endotracheal tube changer was used at the time of extubation and left in place for a prolonged period of time. Leaving the tube changer in place maintained access to the airway. Additionally, the manipulation of the tube changer was used to stimulate the cough reflex.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
- Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
- Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine