Endotracheal intracuff pressures in the ED and prehospital setting: is there a problem?


INTRODUCTION Cuffed endotracheal tubes are used to prevent gas leak and also pulmonary aspiration in ventilated patients. The pressure exerted on the tracheal wall is similar to intracuff pressure. The perfusion pressure for the tracheal mucosa is 40 cm H(2)O. Cuff pressures greater than 40 cm H(2)O may cause various ischemic changes and complications. High… (More)


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