We describe a case of a complete endotracheal tube (ETT) transection due to patient bite. The patient was intubated for postoperative pneumonia; during weaning of sedation, the patient was unable to tolerate pressure support ventilation (PSV) due to agitation. Adaptive support ventilation (ASV) improved patient comfort substantially. During a routine Spontaneous Breathing Trial (SBT) on PSV, the patient bit through the ETT, resulting in complete transection and an unsecured 20-cm airway fragment. Utilizing a multidisciplinary approach, we provided respiratory support and performed nasopharyngolaryngoscopy (NPL) to identify and extract the foreign body. An algorithm for management of ETT fragment extraction is provided.
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