Anyone Can Intubate: A Step-by-Step Guide to Intubation and Airway Management, 5th Edition


Whether you’re a student training to be a paramedic, a nurse anesthetist, a medic or corpsman, a doctor who will manage the airway on a daily basis, or whether you are a nurse or doctor who must occasionally rescue an airway, this airway management textbook was written for you.

Why Is Anyone Can Intubate The Best Intubation/Airway Management Training Book?

  • It’s written by Dr. Whitten, an expert anesthesiologist and educator with almost 40 years of experience.
  • It’s practical. This textbook breaks down each skill into basic steps, describing exactly what the learner will experience in real life.
  • It’s comprehensively illustrated with drawings, photos, and on-line video clips of actual patients and animations.
  • It’s a great teaching tool. Instructors have used this airway management textbook, now in its 5th edition, for decades to teach airway management and intubation to nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nurse anesthetists, and residents.


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This book teaches:

  • how to assess respiratory status, including recognizing airway obstruction
  • how to open an airway
  • how to manually ventilate a patient
  • how to intubate a patient
  • managing difficult intubations
  • airway anatomy
  • basic equipment and how to use it
  • intubation techniques, including pediatric and nasal intubations
  • how to avoid common errors
  • strategies for difficult intubations
  • safe sedation techniques
  • local anesthetic nerve blocks of the airway
  • rapid sequence induction (RSI)
  • use of the Glidescope, Fastrack LMA, and Fiberoptic Bronchoscope
  • supraglottic airways including LMA, combitube, esophageal airway
  • intubation of the trauma victim
  • complications



“I found the text to be informative, easy to read, and should provide the reader with a sound basis when learning how to intubate. The illustrations contribute greatly to the text. They are superb! The chapters addressing the difficult airway and intubation contain much practical information often overlooked when teaching intubation techniques. They really make the book a complete guide to intubation. The textbook fill in all the gaps in intubation instruction and should benefit anyone who needs to learn how to intubate.” –Thomas G. Healey, CRNA, MA V.P., American Association of Nurse Anesthetists

“The book is an easy-to-read and enjoyable educational tool. Whitten’s writing style is clear and concise, and the line drawings illustrate their intended points well. The book is strong on the details that are often overlooked in published works, such as how to properly tape the endotracheal tube to a patient’s face. Whitten anticipates common errors in technique in a section that I found very useful; many of these errors have the sad ring of familiarity.
To those of us in rural areas, orotracheal intubation is one of the few genuinely life-saving skills in medicine. Only by intubating a few hundred patients under supervision is it possible to truly master this technique, but such practice is a luxury most of us lack. This book is the next best thing and should be on the shelf of every rural physician in Canada. Chain up your copy!”-Can J Rural Med – Volume 2, No. 2, Spring 1997 / Reviews / Recension

“Anyone Can Intubate will give a good grounding in intubation to anaesthetists starting training and to junior casualty officers, as well as the two groups mentioned above (nurses, ambulancemen)…” “I recommend the book as an adjunct to the practical training of anaesthetists and for those others who may from time to time be required to perform emergency intubation.” -David G. Price, British Medical Journal 298:66

“…and as a (pediatric) MD in private practice who does mainly office medical work this was a needed book for me…I love the author’s non-incriminatory approach to those handling emergencies. She knows some of us are apprehensive.” -Walter C. Wroebel, MD, Arlington Heights, IL

“The staff and I have reviewed the book and find the format and presentation of information offered in a very direct and understandable manner. The content is outstanding as to objectives and visual aides (figures). We will use it for our class presentation and as a student resource.” -Joyce W. Kelly, CRNA, MA, Dir., School of Anesthesia for Nurses, Kaiser Permenente, Southern California Region

“Individuals charged with the task of teaching airway
management will benefit from reading the author’s step-by-step approach
to teaching the complex psychomotor skill of laryngoscopy and
may apply many principles found in the text in their own airway instruction.
The author is to be credited for this important effort to provide young health professionals a thoughtful approach to learning (and teaching) this often difficult but lifesaving skill.”-BOOK REVIEWS John J. Downes, M.D., Editor


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