Instructional Handout: Endotracheal Intubation

final illustration

Background Information

Endotracheal intubation is a common medical procedure often used during emergency situations in which the patient is unable to breathe. The procedure aids in opening the airways or even removing blockages in the airway; however it can also be used by the physician to view the respiratory tract. Knowledge and practice of this procedure is essential due to the difficulty and limited visibility of the structures involved. Incorrectly performing an endotracheal intubation can result in damage to the larynx, thyroid gland, vocal cords, trachea, esophagus, or even the teeth.

The Graham Clinical Performance Center regularly trains students and practitioners how to perform this procedure. Supplies that are required involve a laryngoscope to help open the airway and view the respiratory tract, the endotracheal tube that will supply air to the lungs, an empty syringe to inflate the balloon of the endotracheal tube, sanitary gloves, an ambu bag with a carbon dioxide detector to indicate whether the endotracheal tube is in the lungs or the esophagus, and a ventilator to regulate the patient's airflow after the procedure.

First draft

Project Goals

Objectives of this project were to provide a black and white educational handout for print to teach endotracheal intubation. This handout is meant as a quick reference for a trainee learning this medical procedure. 


Since immediacy of the information is a priority, clear drawings displaying inner anatomy and concise language were used. Limiting the text to essential points and organizing the information with bullet points and labels were also ways in which we strove for conciseness. Gray tones were used in the final illustration to bring out the instruments and emphasize different cavities within the body.



Date Started: 03/11/2014
Date Completed: 04/26/2014
Client: Graham Clinical Performance Center
Audience: Medical students
Materials: Adobe Illustrator
Final Deliverable: 11" x 8.5" handout



Sketches Based on demonstration at graham clinical performance center