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Table 2 Patient characteristics during intubation and during ICU stay

From: Incidence of airway complications in patients using endotracheal tubes with continuous aspiration of subglottic secretions

Characteristics N:86
During intubation procedure  
 Number of attempts required for intubation, mean ± SD 1.3 ± 0.6
 Diameter of endotracheal tube (mm), mean ± SD 7.8 ± 0.3
 Difficult intubation (%) 13 (15)
 Urgent intubation (%) 77 (89.5)
 Intubation outside the hospital (%) 4 (4.6)
During ICU stay  
 Subglottic aspiration pressure (mmHg), mean ± SD 19.7 ± 2.5
 Length of intubation (days), mean ± SD 6.1 ± 4.8
 Accidental or self-extubation (%) 7 (8.1)
 Planned extubation (%) 79 (91.8)
 Reintubation (%) 18 (20.9)
 Tracheostomy (%) 11 (12.7)
 Post-extubation complications (%)  
  Dyspnea 6 (6.9)
  Upper airway obstruction (Stridor) 7 (8.1)
  Severe dysphagia > 24 ha 0
  Dysphonia 18 (20.9)
 Length of ICU stay (days), mean ± SD 16.4 ± 23.3
Crude mortality (%) 7 (8.1)
  1. aExcluded patients with tracheostomy or with neurological disorders