Endotracheal intubation is an intervention frequently performed in the hospital setting in order to protect the central airway and provide mechanical support of ventilation. Many health care providers are expected to be able to intubate the patients for different indications. As the case in any medical intervention, endotracheal intubation can cause complications. These complications are categorized as early or late according to the time of onset of the presenting symptoms. This chapter will discuss the long term complications of endotracheal intubation that might be encountered by the treating physicians. The chapter will stress on the predisposing factors for these complications and the available methods to avoid and treat them.
Part of the book: Tracheal Intubation