AIM To investigate the ventilator weaning patients’related factors in order to enhance the clinical success rate of weaning.
METHODS Study materials were collected retrospectively from September 2009 to March 2011 in a respiratory care centre of a southern medical centre in Taiwan. Patients whose condition was stable and had continuously used respirator for 21 days and could breathe on their own, were defi ned as successful group. Those who could not breathe on their own were defi ned as control group. Statistical analysis including frequency, percentage, mean, standard deviation and multiple logistic regression analysis was performed using SPSS 14.0 English version.
RESULTS A total of 192 patients were included in which 75 patient was assigned to the study group and 117 to the control group. Three major factors including (1) clear consciousness; (2) provided breathing and relaxation technique; and (3) effective cough, arm lift and other resistance training were found statistically signifi cant related to successful weaning. Their odds ratio was 13.83, 10.04 and 10.97 respectively.
CONCLUSION The younger patients who had no lung infection, had clear awareness and high serum albumin, and had been provided with breathing, relaxation techniques and effective cough, arm lift and other resistance training will have a higher probability of successful ventilator weaning.
International Journal of Nursing Practice 18(Suppl. 1),56-56