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Is endotracheal intubation necessary?

Maintaining a patent airway is essential to safe anesthesia. When airway obstruction occurs, hypoxemia will rapidly develop. Aspiration of saliva or gastric contents is another possible risk, especially if the animal was not fasted prior to anesthesia. One of the leading causes of anesthetic morbidity and mortality in humans has historically been airway obstruction and/or hypoxia. Attention to airway management and respiratory monitoring has improved human patient safety and would probably improve veterinary patient safety as well.

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14-April-2014

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