What is the optimal rate of failed extubation?

Crit Care. 2012 Feb 20;16(1):111. doi: 10.1186/cc11185.


Failed extubation (FE), defined as reintubation 48 or 72 hours after planned extubation, occurs in a significant percentage of patients and is associated with a substantial burden of morbidity and mortality. This commentary reviews the literature describing FE rates and the clinical consequences of FE and proposes an 'optimal' rate of FE as well as avenues for future research.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Airway Extubation / adverse effects
  • Airway Extubation / methods
  • Airway Extubation / trends*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / trends
  • Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic / trends
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Failure