Q: Which patients have higher mortality (select one)
A) who fail extubation early
B) who fail extubation late
Re-intubation is an undesirable act for any patient but it happens regularly and normally. Normal re-intubation rate in any ICU is around 5-15%. But, it is better to fail extubation earlier in the course, as mortality is highest among those who fail extubation after more than 12 hours.
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