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Extubation after thrombectomy: the sooner, the better

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Dr Simon Fandler-Höfler, Medical University of Graz, Austria
EAN 2020
Early extubation (within 6 hours) after thrombectomy independently predicts a favourable outcome at 3 months in stroke patients, compared to extubation between 6 and 24 hours [1]. Furthermore, pneumonia rates and duration of stay in the neurointensive care/stroke unit were reduced. Mechanical ventilation in these patients should therefore be shortened as much as safely possible. In a single-centre study, researchers from the Medical University of Graz (Austria) aimed to assess the clinical impact of the duration of artificial ventilation in stroke patients receiving mechanical thrombectomy under general anaesthesia [1]. They identified all ischaemic stroke patients who had received mechanical thrombectomy for anterior circulation large vessel occlusion under general anaesthesia over a period of 8 years (n=447). Patients were divided into 3 groups, according to ventilation timing: “early” (extubation within 6 hours), “delayed” (6-24 hours), and “late” (>...

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