Post extubation dysphagia is common (44-56%)1 and comes with a lot of challenges. It can impact negatively the patient outcomes by causing aspiration pneumonia and delaying the switch to oral feeding. The duration of mechanical ventilation is independently associated with post-extubation dysphagia, which is strongly associated with malnutrition and longer length of stay in hospital in patients with neurological conditions.2 Dysphagia is also an independent predictor for 28-day and 90-day mortality.3
The most recent publication with promising results about Pharyngeal Electrical Stimulation treatment in orally intubated ICU patients with dysphagia was published in Neurocritical Care Journal read more.
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2.Macht M, Wimbish T, Bodine C, et al. ICU-acquired swallowing disorders. Crit Care Med. 2013;41(10):2396–405.
3.Schefold JC, Berger D, Zürcher P, et al. Dysphagia in Mechanically Venti-lated ICU Patients (DYnAMICS): a prospective observational trial. Crit Care Med. 2017;45(12):2061–9.