Post-Extubation Stridor: Sensitivity and Specificity
Introduction: Laryngeal edema around the ET tube that causes upper airway obstruction when the tube is removed during extubation, thus requiring re-intubation.
Generally it is felt that one should test for an air leak around the ET tube (after deflating the cuff) to indicate that the larynx has not swelled. One can test either by listening with a stethoscope or by looking at the vent monitors.
|Population / Calculator||Prevalence||Comments / Study / Link|
|Intubated patients||4.6%||Respir Care. 2005 Dec;50(12):1632-8. PMID 16318644|
|Intubated patients||1.6%||severe enough to require reintubation
Respir Care. 2005 Dec;50(12):1632-8. PMID 16318644