Post-intubation hypoxia can be frightening, so have a methodical checklist such as DOPES.
- Displaced endotracheal tube (reconfirm position)
- Obstructed endotracheal tube (perform suction)
- Patient pathology (e.g., pneumothorax, pulmonary edema, pulmonary embolism, bronchospasm)
- Equipment malfunction (is the ventilator connected to oxygen or is there a faulty oxygen probe sensor?)
- Stacked breaths or other ventilator setting problems
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