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Accidental withdrawal of tubes, sounds and catheters


To determine accidental withdrawal (AW) of tubes, sounds and catheters.


Prospective observational study.


A 20-bed medical-surgical Intensive Care Unit (ICU).


All patients admitted in ICU from 1-5-2000 to 31-10-2000.


253 patients were admitted (64.03% males). Mean age was 57.64 ± 16.71 years. APACHE-II was 12.48 ± 5.52. Mortality was 15.81%. Patients distribution was: 48% cardiac surgery, 14% cardiologic, 10% neurologic, 8% traumathology, 7% pulmonary, 6% digestive and 7% others. Patients need the following monitoring: 88.14% orotracheal tube (OT), 99.20% central venous catheter (CVC), 26.87% drum catheter (DC), 67.98% internal yugular vein catheter (IYVC), 34.38% subclavian vein catheter (SVC), 16.14% femoral vein catheter (FVC), 91.69% artery catheter (AC), 86.95% radial artery catheter (RAC), 13.83% femoral artery catheter (FAC), 91.69% nasogastrical sounds (NGS), 96.09% vesical sound (VS), 48.22% epicardial temporary pacemaker electrode (ETPE), 2.76% intraaortic balloon counter pulsation catheter (IABC), 54.54% thoracic drainage tube (TDT), 8.30% abdominal drainage tube (ADT) and 6.71% intracraneal pressure catheter (IPC).


This study permit to know our current levels of accidental withdrawals and comparing them with other ICU and with our results in the future.

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Lorente Ramos, L., Málaga Gil, J., Iribarren Sarrias, J. et al. Accidental withdrawal of tubes, sounds and catheters. Crit Care 5, P262 (2001).

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  • Catheter
  • Intensive Care Unit
  • Observational Study
  • Emergency Medicine
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