Access to secretions

Retention of sputum occurs because the cough reflex is suppressed by pain or excessive sedation or the cough mechanism is inadequate. This may be because a glottic leak prevents the development of high pressures in the trachea prior to an explosive cough (e.g. bulbar palsy) or there is an inability to generate rapid gas flows (e.g. neuromuscular weakness). This situation may be encountered in intensive care unit (ICU) patients after prolonged intubation has rendered the larynx temporarily incompetent. As a result, pulmonary secretions accumulate in the respiratory tract. In these cases endotracheal intubation will allow protection of and access to the airway so that accumulated secretions can be removed. When respiratory function is otherwise satisfactory a minitracheostomy may be a better solution.

Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea

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