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Endotracheal Tube Cuff Pressure before, during, and after Fixed-Wing Air Medical Retrieval.
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PMID:  23252881     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Abstract Background. Increased endotracheal tube (ETT) cuff pressure is associated with compromised tracheal mucosal perfusion and injuries. No published data are available for Australia on pressures in the fixed-wing air medical retrieval setting. Objective. After introduction of a cuff pressure manometer (Mallinckrodt, Hennef, Germany) at the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) Base in Dubbo, New South Wales (NSW), Australia, we assessed the prevalence of increased cuff pressures before, during, and after air medical retrieval. Methods. This was a retrospective audit in 35 ventilated patients during fixed-wing retrievals by the RFDS in NSW, Australia. Explicit chart review of ventilated patients was performed for cuff pressures and changes during medical retrievals with pressurized aircrafts. Pearson correlation was calculated to determine the relation of ascent and ETT cuff pressure change from ground to flight level. Results. The mean (± standard deviation) of the first ETT cuff pressure measurement on the ground was 44 ± 20 cmH(2)O. Prior to retrieval in 11 patients, the ETT cuff pressure was >30 cmH(2)O and in 11 patients >50 cmH(2)O. After ascent to cruising altitude, the cuff pressure was >30 cmH(2)O in 22 patients and >50 cmH(2)O in eight patients. The cuff pressure was reduced 1) in 72% of cases prior to take off and 2) in 85% of cases during flight, and 3) after landing, the cuff pressure increased in 85% of cases. The correlation between ascent in cabin altitude and ETT cuff pressure was r = 0.3901, p = 0.0205. Conclusions. The high prevalence of excessive cuff pressures during air medical retrieval can be avoided by the use of cuff pressure manometers. Key words: cuff pressure; air medical retrieval; prehospital.
Peter Brendt; Marc Schnekenburger; Karen Paxton; Anthony Brown; Kumara Mendis
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-12-19
Journal Detail:
Title:  Prehospital emergency care : official journal of the National Association of EMS Physicians and the National Association of State EMS Directors     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1545-0066     ISO Abbreviation:  Prehosp Emerg Care     Publication Date:  2012 Dec 
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Created Date:  2012-12-20     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9703530     Medline TA:  Prehosp Emerg Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
From Royal Flying Doctor Service Australia, South Eastern Section (PB, MS) , Dubbo, NSW , Australia ; and the School of Rural Health Dubbo, University of Sydney (PB, MS, KP, AB, KM) , Dubbo, NSW , Australia .
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