Complete Endotracheal Tube Transection by Patient Bite: A Case Report and Algorithm for Fragment Identification and Extraction

Annette Ilg, Matthias Eikermann, Andrew J. Synn

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e01428
JournalA&A practice
Volume15
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 19 2021
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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