Article of the Month
Dear colleagues and airway enthusiast
This month, the articles are related with tracheal extubation. The first paper is a guideline on ‘’Intubation and extubation of the ICU patient’’. You will find recommendations from experts of the SFAR and SRLF.
Quintard H, l'Her E, Pottecher J, Adnet F, Constantin JM, De Jong A, Diemunsch P, Fesseau R, Freynet A, Girault C, Guitton C, Hamonic Y, Maury E, Mekontso-Dessap A, Michel F, Nolent P, Perbet S, Prat G, Roquilly A, Tazarourte K, Terzi N, Thille AW, Alves M, Gayat E, Donetti L. Intubation and extubation of the ICU patient. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med 2017 Oct;36(5):327-341.
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The second paper is again from France: a randomised controlled trial which compares suction with positive pressure before extubation in adult patients.
L'Hermite J, Wira O, Castelli C, de La Coussaye JE, Ripart J, Cuvillon P. Tracheal extubation with suction vs. positive pressure during emergence from general anaesthesia in adults: A randomised controlled trial. Anaesth Crit Care Pain Med 2017 Sep 4. pii: S2352-5568(17)30001-2. doi: 10.1016/j.accpm.2017.07.005.
After general anaesthesia (GA) in adults, the optimal tracheal extubation technique (positiveBackground: After general anaesthesia (GA) in adults, the optimal tracheal extubation technique (positivepressure or suctioning) remains debated. The primary endpoint of this study was to assess the effects ofthese techniques on onset time of desaturation (SpO2 < 92%).Methods: Sixty-nine patients with a body mass index < 30 scheduled for elective orthopaedic surgerywere allocated to positive pressure (PP) or suctioning (SUC) group. GA was standardised with propofoland remifentanil via target-controlled infusion. A morphine bolus of 0.15 mg/kg was administered 20–30 mins before the end of surgery. The effect of extubation technique on onset time of desaturation (T92)was assessed during the first 10 mins after extubation during the spontaneous air breathing. Secondaryendpoints included: frequency of desaturation, respiratory complications, need to use oxygen therapyand SpO2 at the end of the first hour while breathing in air (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01323049).Results: Baseline patient characteristics and intraoperative management data for the 68 patientsincluded had no relevant clinical difference between groups. T92 (sec) after tracheal extubation was 214(168) vs. 248 (148) in the PP and SUC groups, respectively (P = 0.44). In the PP and SUC groups, 50 and43% reached a SpO2 < 92% within the first 10 mins after extubation respectively (P = 0.73). There were nostatistically significant differences between groups for any secondary endpoints.Conclusions: Positive pressure extubation as compared with suctioning extubation did not seem to delayonset time of desaturation after GA in standard weight adult patients.
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Kemal Tolga Saracoglu
Co-secretary of the European Airway Management Society