Acute complications of endotracheal intubation. Relationship to reintubation, route, urgency, and duration

Chest. 1986 Feb;89(2):165-7. doi: 10.1378/chest.89.2.165.


Sixty-one consecutive medical intensive care unit patients who were intubated for more than three days were prospectively studied for complications. Patients who were reintubated had a higher incidence of all complications (chi square = 5.4; p less than .025), as did those with prolonged intubation (chi square = 16.1; p less than .005). Neither route nor urgency had an adverse clinical effect. In contrast there was a 13 percent incidence of acute tracheolaryngeal complications, but no association was found with reintubation, route, urgency, or total duration of endotracheal intubation.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects*
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / methods
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Time Factors