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How to remove an endotracheal tube

Credland, Nicola



Rationale and key points The decision to remove an endotracheal tube (extubation) is taken when the patient achieves adequate airway control. This requires an effective cough and an acceptable level of consciousness. Practitioners should be able to identify when a patient is ready for endotracheal tube removal and to recognise contraindications and potential complications. ▶ The Glasgow Coma Scale should be used to assess the patient's level of consciousness. Extubation should not be performed on patients with a score of 8 or less. ▶ The patient is suitable for endotracheal tube removal if their peak expiratory flow rate is more than 60L/minute. Reflective activity Clinical skills articles can help update your practice and ensure it remains evidence based. Apply this article to your practice. Reflect on and write a short account of: 1. How you think this article will change your practice when managing a patient with an endotracheal tube. 2. How this article could be used to educate your colleagues. Subscribers can upload their reflective accounts at: .


Credland, N. (2016). How to remove an endotracheal tube. Nursing standard, 30(36), 31-33.

Acceptance Date Feb 25, 2016
Publication Date May 4, 2016
Deposit Date Jun 24, 2016
Publicly Available Date Jun 24, 2016
Journal Nursing standard
Print ISSN 0029-6570
Electronic ISSN 2047-9018
Publisher RCN Publishing (RCNi)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 30
Issue 36
Pages 31-33
Keywords Clinical procedures, Clinical skills, Endotracheal tube, Extubation, Respiratory care, Ventilation
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Copyright Statement © 2016 RCN Publishing Company Ltd
Additional Information This is the author's accepted manuscript of an article published in Nursing Standard, 2016, v.30 issue 36. The version of record can be accessed at


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