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Intubation is the process of inserting a tube through the mouth or nose into the airway. The tube is attached to a ventilator that mechanically breathes for the patient. The process can help both people undergoing surgery and those who cannot breathe on their own due to injury or illness.

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1. Reasons for Intubation

Intubation maintains the airway during anesthesia or if a patient needs critical breathing support. When a patient is undergoing surgery, intubation is a routine, controlled procedure. In the event of extensive trauma or critical illness such as heart failure, emphysema, pneumonia, or a collapsed lung, intubation is a life-saving intervention.

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