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Descriptive analysis of extubations performed in an emergency department-based intensive care unit

from Western Journal of Emergency Medicine

Extubation of appropriate patients in the emergency department (ED) may be a strategy to avoid preventable or short-stay intensive care unit (ICU) admissions, and could allow for increased ventilator and ICU bed availability when demand outweighs supply. Extubation is infrequently performed in the ED, and a paucity of outcome data exists. The objective of this study was to descriptively analyze characteristics and outcomes of patients extubated in an ED-ICU setting. more

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