Common. Costly. Preventable.
In health care, a significant threat to ventilated patient safety is Unplanned Extubation, which occurs when a patient or other external force pulls an inadequately stabilized breathing tube out of the airway.7,11,41,42
Every year, unplanned extubation impacts more than 121,000 patients, causes over 36,000 cases of ventilator-associated pneumonia, leads to more than 33,000 preventable deaths, and adds more than $4.9 billion in wasteful healthcare costs. The median incidence rate of Unplanned Extubation is 7.3% in all ventilated ICU patients.7,11,41,42 As the current standard of care, this is unacceptable.