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How is extubation done?

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The doctor will take off any tape that holds the breathing tube in place and make sure your airway is clear. A suction tool will clear any debris. They'll deflate the cuff built into the tube that helps hold it in place. Then, they'll gently pull the tube out of your airway, often as you exhale or cough.

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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