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Intubation (sometimes entubation) is a medical procedure involving the insertion of a tube into the body. Patients are generally anesthetized beforehand. Examples include tracheal intubation, and the balloon tamponade with a Sengstaken-Blakemore tube (a tube into the gastrointestinal tract).[1]

In 2020, many COVID-19 patients are requiring tracheal intubation, and there have been growing concerns about personal protective equipment and safety.[2]

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  1. ^ Goodman, RS (1986). "True vocal cord paralysis following entubation". The Laryngoscope. 96 (10): 1170. doi:10.1288/00005537-198610000-00021. PMID 3762294.
  2. ^ Luo, Mengqiang; Cao, Shumei; Wei, Liqun; Tang, Rundong; Hong, Shu; Liu, Renyu; Wang, Yingwei (2020-03-18). "Precautions for Intubating Patients with COVID-19". Anesthesiology: The Journal of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. doi:10.1097/ALN.0000000000003288. ISSN 0003-3022.