Anyone Can IntubateA Step-by-Step Guide to Intubation and Airway Management, 5th Edition


Helping patients breathe requires skill and knowledge. This book is designed to teach you both. With over 300 illustrations and photos, and links to 58 on-line video clips providing almost an hour of footage of actual patients and animations, Anyone Can Intubate, a Step-by-Step Guide to Intubation and Airway management will teach you the skills you need to manage an airway and to intubate.

Dr. Whitten has personally taught hundreds of people how to intubate and ventilate patients. Whether you’re a student training to be a paramedic, a nurse anesthetist, 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 book was written for you.

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Is Anyone Can Intubate For You?

Yes, if you:

  • want to learn how to recognize the signs of respiratory distress or failure
  • want to be able to open an airway and assist ventilation
  • want to improve your first pass success with intubation
  • want to approach the difficult airway or intubation with new techniques
  • want a tool to better teach these skills to your students

What’s In This Book?

Practical, illustrated step by step information, with on-line video, on:

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


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

  • Because it’s packed with step-by-step instructions. Dr. Whitten has personally taught hundreds of people how to intubate, and she clearly knows what the student needs to learn to master the craft.
  • Because it fills a need. Historically, teaching airway management and intubation was done with one-on-one mentoring. Now many are expected to master these skills in an hour-long class. This book tries to bridge that gap.
  • Because it’s practical. This book breaks down each skill into basic steps and describing exactly what the learner will experience in real life, making it easier for the student to apply that information.
  • Because it explains the why behind each step. We all remember better and learn faster if we know why we are doing what we’re doing, not just memorizing rote steps. Anyone Can Intubate provides that “why”
  • Because it was also written to provide a teaching tool.  Instructors have used this book, now in its 5th edition, for decades to teach airway management and intubation to nurses, paramedics, respiratory therapists, nurse anesthetists, and residents.


“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 –

5 STARS! “Excellent Study Guide for Advanced Airway Techniques. This book is very comprehensive for learning the art of maintaining an airway and a good review for those with the knowledge.” –Anonymous Customer

“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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