A patient is experiencing respiratory insufficiency and cannot maintain spontaneous respirations. The nurse suspects that thephysician will perform which of the following actions?

Answer Explanation: Endotracheal tubes are used in cases when the patient cannot be ventilated with an oropharyngeal airway, which is used in patients who are breathing spontaneously. The jaw thrust maneuver does not establish an airway and cricothyroidotomy would be performed as a last resort.

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