What is NPO?

It literally means nothing per mouth. No food or beverage, ice chips or gum are allowed, usually starting at midnight the day before your procedure.

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Endotracheal tube (also called ET tube)

A breathing tube, usually made of flexible plastic, inserted into the trachea to provide a passageway for air and to ensure the airway remains open and protected. Also called tracheal tube.

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