New-born babies often have tubes stuck in them to provide them with food, water and oxygen. Putting them in is called intubation while taking them out is called extubation. Unplanned extubation occurs when tubes have to be taken – or fall out – before they are supposed to. In this study L. Dupree Hatch from Vanderbilt University in Tennessee led a team of researchers looking into the reasons behind unplanned extubation. The daily risk of extubation decreased until the babies were seven days old and increase thereafter but the babies’ birth weights and mothers’ ages were not linked to unplanned extubation. Unplanned extubation due to iatrogenic (caused by treatment) factors was more common in younger, smaller babies while older, larger babies were more likely to “self-extubate.”
You can read the abstract of this article here.