Causes of failed intubation – Medical mnemonic

Mnemonic for causes of failed intubation is : INTUBATION

  • Infections of larynx
  • Neck mobility abnormalites
  • Teeth abnormalties(loose tooth,protuberant tooth)
  • Upper airway abnormalties (strictures or swellings)
  • Bull neck deformities
  • Ankylosing spondylitis
  • Trauma/tumour
  • Inexperience
  • Oedema of upper airway
  • Narrowing of lower airway


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