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Table 3 Complications and unexpected events related to prone positioning or inhaled sedation

From: Does volatile sedation with sevoflurane allow spontaneous breathing during prolonged prone positioning in intubated ARDS patients? A retrospective observational feasibility trial

Patient number Type of complication Reason Management Result
063 Pharyngeal dislocation of endotracheal tube Unclear whether the patient extubated herself with her tongue or fixation of the tube unsticked because of salivation Already spontaneous breathing → Noninvasive Ventilation, turned back, re-intubation No hypoxia, turned back in PP after re-intubation
019 Insufficient sedation Technical defect of Anaconda Dexmedetomidine infusion PP continued
094 Insufficient sedation Low tidal volume Sufentanil infusion PP continued
095 Insufficient sedation Low tidal volume Sufentanil infusion PP continued
056 Respiratory acidosis Unclear Controlled ventilation → still acidodic → turned back to supine position, Anaconda removed Still acidotic in supine position
072 Respiratory acidosis Retrospectively: kinked tube Turned back, refixation of tube PP continued
  1. PP Prone positioning