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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1987;20(3):363-369.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1987.20.3.363   
Clinical Experience of Complications from Prolonged Endotracheal Intubation.
Hae Keum Kil, Yang Sik Shin, Shin Ok Koh
Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Prolonged intubation of the trachea in the treatment of acute respiratory failure has become commonplace in the Intensive Care Units during the last decade. We defined prolonged endotracheal intubation as cases in which endotracheal intubation is required more than 7 days, and then experiences 202 caaes out of 5,866 Intensive Care Unit patients from March 1981 to February 1986 in Severance Hospital, Yonsei Medical Complex were evaluated. The results were as follows ; 1) The number of patients were 202 cases in total, and male and females were 130 and 69 cases. The teen-age groups was most common,69 crises(33.7%) and fortiea was 35 cases (17.3%) . 2) The patients of internal medioine department was the mast common, 23.3% and pediatric an? neurosurgical department fellowed in order. 3) The moat common causes of acute respiratory failure is central nervous srstem disotraders and ARDS (Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome) . 4) Average stay in Intensive Care Unit was 23.5 day, from 3 to 208 days. Nintr-nine cases(49%) were impreved and the remainder (103 caaes) were expired. 5) Orotracheal intubation is performed in 144 cases (71.4%) and tracheostomy was done in 48 cased, among them, in 39 crises oro-and nasotracheal intubation was changed to trac: heostomy after 12 days. 6) Oro-or nasotracheal tube was changed 2.5 timers every 6,3 days. Mean intubation and tracheostomy days was 15.5 and 76.3 darts. 7) Ventilatory support was maintained in 199 caaeg and 12.1 days in endotraeheal intubation patients and 29.1 days in tracheostomy patients. 8) Complication developed in 29 cased awang them 10 cases were in oro- or nasotracheal intubation patients and 19 cartes were in tracheoatomr patients. Horseness, laryngeal edema, and sore throat were deueloped in 3,2 and 1 cartes, respectively, in orotracheal intubation patients and granuloma, traoheal stenosis, tracheal ulceration, an? vocal cord palsy were developed in 9,5,2, and 2 cartes, respectively, in traoheoatomy patents. From the above results, it can be concluded that tracheal complication was serious for the patients who required ventilatory support under prolonged endotracheal incubation. So we must try to Prevent the complication which develop after prolonged endotracheal intu- bation 7nd maintaining the pationts with cardio-respiratory support.
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