Extubation readiness in preterm infants: Evaluating the role of monitoring intermittent hypoxemia

Elie G. Abu Jawdeh, Amrita Pant, Aayush Gabrani, M. Douglas Cunningham, Thomas M. Raffay, Philip M. Westgate

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Preterm infants with respiratory distress may require mechanical ventilation which is associated with increased pulmonary morbidities. Prompt and successful extubation to noninvasive support is a pressing goal. In this communication, we show original data that increased recurring intermittent hypoxemia (IH, oxygen saturation <80%) may be associated with extubation failure at 72 h in a cohort of neonates <30 weeks gestational age. Current-generation bedside high-resolution pulse oximeters provide saturation profiles that may be of use in identifying extubation readiness and failure. A larger prospective study that utilizes intermittent hypoxemia as an adjunct predictor for extubation readiness is warranted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number237
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 2021

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  • Extubation
  • Intermittent hypoxemia
  • Intubation
  • Preterm
  • Respiratory distress

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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