Minute ventilation recovery time: A predictor of extubation outcome

Anthony Martinez, Christopher Seymour, Myung Nam

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Study objectives: To determine if minute ventilation (V̇E) measured as a trend following the final weaning trim prior to extubation may identify patients ready for extubation and be useful as a predictive measure of extubation outcome. Design: Prospective observational study. Setting: Community hospital medical/surgical ICU. Patients: Sixty-nine patients receiving mechanical ventilation enrolled in an ICU weaning protocol who underwent planned extubation during 6 months of prospective evaluation. The failed extubation group included patients reintubated within 7 days. Patients were excluded if they received ventilation by noninvasive mask, bilevel positive airway pressure, tracheostomy, or were self-extubated. Interventions: Patients tolerating a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) and ready for planned extubation were placed back on their pre-SBT ventilator settings for up to 25 min, during which respiratory parameters were recorded. Respiratory parameters (respiratory rate, tidal volume, V̇E, rapid shallow breathing index [f/VT]) were obtained at three time points: baseline (pre-SBT), posttrial (immediate conclusion of SBT), and recovery (return to baseline). Patients were assumed to recover when V̇E decreased to 110% of the predetermined baseline. Measurements and results: Fifty-nine patients were successfully extubated, and 10 patients required reintubation after 2.5 ± 2.6 days (mean ± SD). Both groups were similar in age, comorbid status, primary diagnosis, APACHE (acute physiology and chronic health evaluation) II score, mode of weaning, and SBT length (p > 0.1). Respiratory parameters measured were similar at all three time points studied (p > 0.1). V̇E recovery time of successful extubations was significantly shorter than failed extubations (3.6 ± 2.7 min vs 9.6 ± 5.8 min, p < 0.011). Multiple logistic regression adjusted for age, sex, and severity of illness revealed that V̇E recovery time was an independent predictor of extubation outcome (p < 0.01). The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for V̇E recovery time (0.85 ± 0.07) was larger than that for baseline V̇E, posttrial V̇E, posttrial f/VT, or PaCO2. Conclusions: V̇E recovery time is an easy-to-measure parameter that may assist in determining respiratory reserve. Preliminary data demonstrates that it may be a useful adjunct in the decision to discontinue mechanical ventilation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1214-1221
Number of pages8
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 1 2003


  • Extubation
  • Extubation failure
  • Mechanical ventilation
  • Minute ventilation
  • Weaning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Critical Care and Intensive Care Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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