CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 · Int Arch Otorhinolaryngol 2017; 21(04): 382-389
DOI: 10.1055/s-0037-1598654
Original Research
Thieme Revinter Publicações Ltda Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Parameters Influencing Tracheostomy Decannulation in Patients Undergoing Rehabilitation after severe Acquired Brain Injury (sABI)

Cecilia Perin1, Roberto Meroni1, Vincenzo Rega2, Giacomo Braghetto1, Cesare Giuseppe Cerri1
  • 1Medicina e Chirurgia, Universita degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca Ringgold Standard Institution, Milano, Italy
  • 2Riabilitazione Neurologica, Gruppo Ospedaliero San Donato Ringgold Standard Institution, Milano, Lombardia, Italy
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Publication History

27 June 2016

21 December 2016

Publication Date:
03 April 2017 (eFirst)


Introduction Tracheostomy weaning in patients who suffered a severe acquired brain injury is often a challenge and decannulation failures are not uncommon.

Objective Our study objective is to describe the decannulation failure rate in patients undergoing rehabilitation following a severe acquired brain injury (sABI); to describe the factors associated with a successful tube weaning.

Methods We conduct a retrospective analysis of charts, consecutively retrieved considering a 3-year window. Variables analyzed were: age, sex, body mass index (BMI), Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS), cause of hospitalization (stroke, trauma, cardiac arrest), date of the pathological event, gap between the index event and the first day of hospitalization, duration of Neurorehabilitation Ward hospitalization, comorbidities, chest morphological alteration, kind of tracheostomy tube used (overall dimension, cap, fenestration), SpO2, presentation and quantification of pulmonary secretion, maximal inspiratory pressure (MIP) and maximal expiratory pressure (MEP), respiratory frequency and pattern, cardiac frequency, presence of spontaneous cough, cough strength, and blood gas analysis.

Results We analyzed 45 tracheostomised sABI patients following stroke, trauma, or cardiac arrest. The weaning success percentage was higher in Head Trauma patients and in patients presenting positive spontaneous cough. Failures seem to be associated with presence of secretions and anoxic brain damage. GCS seemed not related to the decannulation outcome.

Conclusions Parameters that could be used as positive predictors of weaning are: mean expiratory pressure, presence of spontaneous cough, and cough strength. Provoked cough and GCS were not predictive of weaning success.