Cuff deflation: rehabilitation in critical care

Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2014 Aug;93(8):719-23. doi: 10.1097/PHM.0000000000000112.


This is a case series of rehabilitation failures that resulted in severe reactive depression from patients unnecessarily bereft of verbal communication by being left to breathe or be ventilated via tracheostomy tubes, with or without inflated cuffs, for months to years.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adjustment Disorders / etiology*
  • Adult
  • Critical Care
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscular Dystrophies / rehabilitation*
  • Noninvasive Ventilation* / adverse effects
  • Noninvasive Ventilation* / methods
  • Speech
  • Spinal Cord Injuries / rehabilitation*
  • Tracheostomy / adverse effects
  • Tracheostomy / methods*
  • Young Adult