Patient Comments: Endotracheal Intubation - Complications


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Comment from: Kimmy, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 26

My husband was admitted to hospital for a bleed stroke. Endotracheal intubation when he was conscious was always offered even when he was breathing on his own. Once intubation occurred I was insisting for removal as soon as possible for fear of obstruction and damage to esophagus and throat area. His tongue was enlarged and swollen. Soon after it was removed on the 2nd day my husband’s breathing was labored and he went into cardiac arrest for 2 or 4 minutes. He bit a severe split in his tongue. They found a huge mucous plug in his chest. I am not a doctor and wonder if they could have used another alternative method in the beginning to help in a precautionary measure.

Comment from: Big Boy, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: June 07

Just a few days ago I had an emergency and had to be given so much medicine to keep me from hurting myself. But I almost did just that as I in some kind of way came to and removed the intubation tube. My family was told that if the nurse had not been by my side and acted quickly the results could have been devastating. At the moment I am trying to regain my strength while having trouble with breathing when I do anything, and coughing. But I'm not sure if any of that is from the intubation or almost hurting myself. It was an encephalitis type thing that had happened to me so I had no idea what I was doing.

Comment from: Miller49, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 25

I was recently admitted to hospital with pneumonia and after collapsing I had endotracheal intubation. On recovering I have since had problems with numbness in the right side of my tongue with weakness in my lips causing me to slightly dribble. The symptoms are very similar to having a stroke but I have had tests done with no evidence of having a stroke. I wonder if it is possible that when I was incubated damage could have been done to the nerves that involve my tongue and lips.

Comment from: Mike H, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: July 17

After a hernia operation a few years ago I was told that after receiving the general anesthetic they had a problem with inserting the breathing tube. It took around 15 minutes and during that time breathing was assisted with bellows. They told me in future to inform the surgeon of this prior to further operations. It would maybe mean a local anesthetic in lieu.

Comment from: 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 13

In 1968 I had to undergo major surgery in which the doctors had to place an endotracheal tube. My vocal chords were damaged. I couldn't talk above a whisper for many months. My family enjoyed it. Would I have the surgery again if I needed despite the risk? You bet. A small price to pay for life. I can't thank my doctors enough.

Comment from: Navin Karia, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: January 27

Oxygen level is inconsistent and dropped while he was on BiPAP. He is being intubated today. After intubation, his oxygen level is stable at 99.

Comment from: vesta, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: November 17

I have pain from endotracheal intubation. Don't they use a light or something so they can see what they are tearing up!

Comment from: sampson, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: December 26

I had gall bladder surgery with endotracheal intubation on 12/11 and have had problems breathing (I tested for restricted air). I also cannot take several swallows of water at one time without choking. I was readmitted to hospital for chest pain and difficulty breathing however all tests were negative for blood clot or any heart issues. It feels to me like my throat is smaller. I also cannot not speak clearly, voice is raspy and gets worse the more I talk or later in day.

Comment from: Dick, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 19

Inserting the breathing tube (endotracheal intubation) through my vocal cords and the position of my head during the 2 hour occipital nerve surgery put too much pressure against my right vocal cord and it is now broken and will not return to its proper position.


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