en·​do·​tra·​che·​al | \ ˌen-dō-ˈtrā-kē-əl How to pronounce endotracheal (audio) \

Definition of endotracheal

1 : placed within the trachea — see endotracheal tube
2 : applied or effected through the trachea endotracheal intubation

Examples of endotracheal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The video shows Kenneth Remy, a critical care physician, fully dressed in personal protective equipment, looking down into the camera while holding a laryngoscope and an endotracheal tube — tools used in the intubation process. NBC News, "Nov. 24 Covid news: Vaccines seek approval; States extend restrictions and mask mandates," 25 Nov. 2020 All patients on a ventilator initially have air delivered to them via an endotracheal tube, which is inserted through the mouth and into the windpipe. Zach Helfand, The New Yorker, "The Complicated Ethics of Keeping a COVID-19 Patient Breathing," 22 Aug. 2020 By the turn of the twentieth century, better tools had evolved, so precise that physicians could not just see the cords but safely guide an endotracheal tube through them. Clayton Dalton, The New Yorker, "The Risks of Normalizing the Coronavirus," 27 May 2020 Proning does come with some risks, such as pressure sores and dislodging of an endotracheal tube (a flexible plastic tube placed through the mouth and inserted into the windpipe to help a patient breathe), says Dr. Peled. Claire Gillespie, Health.com, "'Proning' Is a Promising Treatment for Coronavirus—Here's How It Works," 21 Apr. 2020 The endotracheal tube is attached to the lines running to the mechanical ventilator. USA Today, "How ventilators work and why COVID-19 patients need them to survive coronavirus," 10 Apr. 2020 The endotracheal tube going into her mouth scraped her vocal chords, causing irreparable damage. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "Meet the Woman Who Uses Alternative Medicine and Gemstone Facials to Treat Patients," 19 Oct. 2018 His tongue tried to push out the endotracheal tube snaked down his throat. Greg Larose, NOLA.com, "San Francisco is throwing out 40 years of marijuana convictions: report," 1 Feb. 2018 Peck's actions - including applying a tourniquet, placing an endotracheal tube, and performing artificial respirations and CPR - were directly responsible for saving Stacy's life. Leada Gore, AL.com, "Trump State of the Union guests: ICE agent, Marine, Cajun Navy founder will sit with First Lady," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of endotracheal

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Endotracheal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/endotracheal. Accessed 15 Jan. 2021.

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en·​do·​tra·​che·​al | \ -ˈtrā-kē-əl How to pronounce endotracheal (audio) \

Medical Definition of endotracheal

1 : placed within the trachea — see endotracheal tube
2 : applied or effected through the trachea endotracheal anesthesia endotracheal intubation

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