Tracheal extubation of the adult intensive care patient with a predicted difficult airway - a narrative review

Sturgess, D.J., Greenland, K.B., Senthuran, S., Ajvadi, F.A., Van Zundert, A., and Irwin, M.G. (2017) Tracheal extubation of the adult intensive care patient with a predicted difficult airway - a narrative review. Anaesthesia, 72 (2). pp. 248-261.

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Management of the difficult airway is an important, but as yet poorly-studied, component of intensive care management. Although there has been a strong emphasis on prediction and intubation of the difficult airway, safe extubation of the patient with a potentially difficult airway has not received the same attention. Extubation is a particularly vulnerable time for the critically ill patient and, because of the risks involved and the consequences of failure, it warrants specific consideration. The Royal College of Anaesthetists 4th National Audit Project highlighted differences in the incidence and consequences of major complications during airway management between the operating room and the critical care environment. The findings in the section on Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine reinforce the importance of good airway management in the critical care environment and, in particular, the need for appropriate guidelines to improve patient safety. This narrative review focuses on strategies for safe extubation of the trachea for patients with potentially difficult upper airway problems in the intensive care unit.

Item ID: 50581
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1365-2044
Keywords: airway extubation, endotracheal extubation, extubation, intra-tracheal, tracheal extubation
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:11
FoR Codes: 32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320212 Intensive care @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9201 Clinical Health (Organs, Diseases and Abnormal Conditions) > 920115 Respiratory System and Diseases (incl. Asthma) @ 100%
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