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Clin Chest Med. 2003 Sep;24(3):445-55.

Acute complications of artificial airways.

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Medical Procedure Service, Interventional Pulmonology, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, 330 Brookline Avenue, Boston, MA 02215, USA.


In conclusion, though there has been a dramatic reduction in the acute complications of artificial airways in the last hundred years, it remains crucial for the intensivist/anesthesiologist to have an implicit understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the process of ETI. As new techniques such as PDT are introduced, we must investigate their utility compared with the current standard of care in the most rigorous fashion. Additionally, as many of the complications of ETI can lead to increases in morbidity and mortality, prompt diagnosis and management are essential.

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