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How does a doctor decide when to extubate?

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If you're alert, can breathe on your own, can cough strongly, and don't have a lot of mucus in your lungs, your doctor will typically extubate.

From: Overview of Extubation WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure."

UpToDate: “Extubation management in the adult intensive care unit,” “Extubation during anesthesia.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2019

SOURCES:

Merck Manual: "Respiratory Failure."

UpToDate: “Extubation management in the adult intensive care unit,” “Extubation during anesthesia.”

Winchester Hospital Health Library: “Intubation and Mechanical Ventilation.”

Henry Frysh, MD, Atlanta. 

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 22, 2019

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