Nurse-initiated extubation following cardiac surgery

Intensive Crit Care Nurs. 1997 Apr;13(2):77-9. doi: 10.1016/s0964-3397(97)80152-8.


Early extubation is now advocated for most patients after cardiac surgery. This article contains an examination of changes in extubation practice and addresses the development and implementation of a protocol for nurse-led extubation for this patient group. The knowledge and experience required by nurses to undertake this role is discussed and suggestions for auditing this aspect of nursing care explained.

MeSH terms

  • Cardiac Surgical Procedures / nursing*
  • Clinical Competence
  • Clinical Protocols
  • Humans
  • Intensive Care Units
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / nursing*
  • Patient Care Planning
  • Patient Selection
  • Postoperative Care*
  • Ventilator Weaning / nursing*