The author reports no conflict of interest or relevant financial relationships.
Unplanned Extubation in the NICU
Article first published online: 1 FEB 2013
© 2013 AWHONN, the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing
Volume 42, Issue 2, pages 233–238, March/April 2013
How to Cite
Barber, J. A. (2013), Unplanned Extubation in the NICU. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 42: 233–238. doi: 10.1111/1552-6909.12009
- Issue published online: 13 MAR 2013
- Article first published online: 1 FEB 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: OCT 2012
- intensive care;
- quality improvement
Unplanned extubation (UE) in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) is a significant patient safety and quality control issue. I describe the implementation of a quality improvement program using multifactorial prevention strategies, including staff education, identification of neonates at risk for UE, extubation and weaning, standardization of procedures, and comprehensive documentation. Additional research on quality improvement with strategies for neonates may prove beneficial in reducing UE rates in neonates.