Wednesday May 31, 2006
Bedside tip ! - Tracheal Tube Tolerance
Some intubated patients wake up and cough on the tracheal tube, but may not be ready for extubation and you may be reluctant to re-sedate them. Consider a trial of intravenous Lidocaine. Administer 1 mg/Kg slowly over about two minutes. There is a good chance that the patient will experience immediate and dramatic relief from irritation caused by the tracheal tube (some may even sleep for a while). If the patient has a good response to the bolus, you may even start an intravenous infusion of Lidocaine at 2mg/ min. This can buy you the 1 – 3 hours the patient may need to be able to extubated the patient safely.