A prospective study of the safety of tracheal extubation using a pediatric airway exchange catheter for patients with a known difficult airway.

  title={A prospective study of the safety of tracheal extubation using a pediatric airway exchange catheter for patients with a known difficult airway.},
  author={Eric Loudermilk and M W Hartmannsgruber and Daniel P. Stoltzfus and Paul B. Langevin},
  volume={111 6},
STUDY OBJECTIVE To determine the usefulness of routinely inserting a hollow airway exchange catheter (jet stylet) prior to tracheal extubation of adult patients with risk factors for difficult tracheal intubation. DESIGN Prospective, 1-year study of 40 consecutive patients undergoing mechanical ventilation who had one or more risk factors for difficult tracheal reintubation. SETTING Surgical ICU of a tertiary university medical center. INTERVENTIONS Study patients at risk for difficult… 

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