The vocal athlete and endotracheal intubation: A management protocol

Torrey Mark John Loucks, Dawna Duff, Joan Hawkins Wong, Rebecca Finley-Detweiler

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Endotracheal intubation is associated with significant laryngeal sequelae that range in severity from mild hoarseness to life-threatening tracheal stenosis. Although the most severe trauma appears to be related to prolonged intubation, even short-term intubation (< 1 day) can adversely affect laryngeal and vocal function. Concern is warranted for all intubated patients, but particularly for the vocal athlete whose livelihood and identity depend on optimal vocal function. It is proposed that the vocal athlete faced with endotracheal intubation risk warrants careful multidisciplinary management. A number of intubation risk factors have been identified in the literature; however, clinical management of vocal athletes who undergo intubation has not been addressed. In medical settings where adverse intubation outcomes can lead to litigation, this clinical management protocol is expected to improve the probability of favorable voice outcome following endotracheal intubation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-359
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Voice
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1998


  • Clinical protocol
  • Endotracheal intubation
  • Litigation
  • Short-term intubation
  • Vocal athlete

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Otorhinolaryngology
  • LPN and LVN
  • Speech and Hearing


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