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Can extubation failure be related to high unit activity?
© Keith et al. 2011
- Published: 1 March 2011
- Quality Indicator
- Unit Activity
- Success Group
- Failure Group
- Extubation Failure
Extubation failure has become an important quality indicator. The aim of our study was to ascertain whether extubation failure was related to unit activity; that is, whether it was more frequent on days of greater unit activity.
We retrospectively analysed 520 consecutive admissions to our seven-bed ICU over an 18-month period. We defined extubation failure as the need for reintubation within 24 hours. Bed occupancy was used as a surrogate marker of unit activity. Bed occupancy was based upon the number of hours patients were nursed in the ICU each day and was summed and expressed as a percentage of the maximum available (24 × 7). Data were collected from our national audit database and analysed using SPSS software.
We could not demonstrate any correlation between high unit activity and reintubation rates.
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