Wratney AT, Cheifetz IM (2007) Removal of the endotracheal tube : 2007 revision and update. Respiratory Care 52: 81-93
This guidance addresses the elective removal of the endotracheal tube from adult, pediatric, and neonatal patients. The decision to discontinue mechanical ventilation involves weighing the risks of prolonged mechanical ventilation against the possibility of extubation failure. The guideline focuses on:
The review does not address weaning from mechanical ventilation, accidental extubation, nor terminal extubation.