Ventilatory Management and Extubation Criteria of the Neurological/Neurosurgical Patient

M. J. Souter, Edward M. Manno*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Approximately 200 000 patients per year will require mechanical ventilation secondary to neurological injury or disease. The associated mortality, morbidity, and costs are significant. The neurological patient presents a unique set of challenges to airway management, mechanical ventilation, and defining extubation readiness. Neurological injury and disease can directly or indirectly involve the process involved with respiration or airway control. This article will review the basics of airway management and mechanical ventilation in the neurological patient. The current state of the literature evaluating extubation criteria in the neurological patient will also be reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-45
Number of pages7
JournalThe Neurohospitalist
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2013


  • airway management
  • extubation criteria
  • neurological patient
  • ventilatory management

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology


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