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This is another episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” and in last week’s episode I answered another question from our readers and the question last week was
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In this week’s episode of “YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED” I want to answer another question from one of our readers and the question this week is
HOW LONG CAN A BREATHING TUBE OR AN ENDOTRACHEAL TUBE CAN STAY IN?
A very common question that I get asked quite frequently from family members or friends of critically ill Patients in Intensive Care is how long a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube can stay in when their loved one is mechanically ventilated in Intensive Care. So lets get right into it.
Now, as a rule of thumb, a Breathing Tube or an endotracheal tube is usually staying in your loved one’s throat or Larynx for up to two weeks at the most, unless there are special and rare circumstances. I’ll come to that later.
The reality is that most critically ill Patients in Intensive Care only require mechanical ventilation with Ventilators(Breathing Machine) with a Breathing Tube or an endotracheal tube for a limited period of time.
Most mechanically ventilated Patients in Intensive Care only require ventilation with a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube for a few days at the most.
The most common reasons for mechanical ventilation with a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube in Intensive Care is post-surgery, trauma, lung diseases such as Pneumonia, Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) also known as lung failure, COPD, Acute Severe Asthma and also other admissions such as Pancreatitis, Burns, Heart Attack (Acute Myocardial Infarction) or Cardiac Arrest situations.
The list is not exhaustive and I only mentioned the most common scenarios in Intensive Care where mechanical ventilation with a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube is necessary.
But because the question that I get asked quite frequently is how long can a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube stay in your loved one’s throat, the answer is that it can almost stay in indefinitely. That’s certainly not a desired goal and again and normally doesn’t happen. Normally I would say that up to two weeks is the longest that I have seen it.
Usually what happens if your critically ill loved one is requiring ongoing mechanical ventilation and it is foreseeable that Extubation or removal of the breathing tube is not on the horizon due to the critical illness of your loved one, normally a formation of a Tracheostomy is the next step.
A Tracheostomy is another tube that is permanently or temporarily inserted into your loved one’s neck into the windpipe going directly into the lungs. This Tracheostomy tube is making it a lot easier for your loved one to be
- mechanically ventilated as the tube is no longer in the mouth
- weaned off the ventilator, as ventilation with a Tracheostomy doesn’t require a huge amount of sedation compared to the amount of sedation needed for when your loved one requires the breathing tube through the mouth
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- taken off the ventilator intermittently or permanently to find out how well your loved one is breathing without the ventilator
- generally looked after, as a Tracheostomy is much easier for your loved one to tolerate and is also less risky than a breathing tube or an endotracheal tube
Furthermore, a Tracheostomy tube can stay in infinitely and in fact some People have a life long Tracheostomy tube in place and they can live with it independently.
I hope that answers this common question that I get all the time and if you have any further questions, please send your questions to [email protected]
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