Aust Crit Care 2021 May 22. Epub 2021 May 22.
Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Bendigo Health, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia; Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Goulburn Valley Health, Shepparton, Victoria, Australia; Department of Medicine University of Queensland, Australia; Department of Medicine University of Melbourne, Australia.
Background: Postextubation dysphagia (PED) has been shown to occur in 41% of critically ill patients requiring endotracheal intubation. With one-third of patients with PED experiencing silent aspiration, it is reasonable to anticipate negative health outcomes are likely, although this has not yet been systematically explored in an Australian context.
Objectives: The aim of the study was to determine the impact of PED, in a regional Australian intensive care unit (ICU), on rates of pneumonia, the length of stay in the ICU and hospital, and healthcare expenditure. Read More