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Variation of Risk Factors for Cause-Specific Reintubation: A Preliminary Study.

1. Introduction

In the intensive care unit (ICU), approximately 30% of all patients require mechanical ventilation to assist respiration [1]. Long-term ventilation can lead to complications such as ventilator-associated pneumonia and ventilator-associated lung injury, which greatly affect the length of stay and mortality in the ICU. Moreover, ventilator days are an independent risk factor of mortality in the ICU [2, 3]. However, extubation failure is associated with poor outcomes, including high mortality [4-8].

The use of a ventilator weaning protocol for the performance of a spontaneous breathing trial (SBT) [9] has been widely recommended for extubation from ventilation. Although this strategy is generally successful, reintubation is requiredin >15% of patients [6, 10, 11]. To reduce the rate of reintubation, it is necessary to accurately evaluate the risk factors.

Reintubation is thought to be caused by various factors. To reduce reintubation rates, several studies have been conducted, and several risk factors (age, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) scores [12], intubation duration [12], rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI) [13], and positive fluid balance on the day before extubation [10]) have been reported. However, to the best of our knowledge, no study has investigated the risk factors of reintubation after classifying the reintubation cases by cause. The predominant causes of reintubation are respiratory insufficiency, upper airway factors such as laryngeal complications, lowered level of consciousness, and haemodynamic instability. To assess upper airway factors, the cuff leak test is commonly performed; however, this procedure has low sensitivity and cannot predict reintubation [14].

In this study, we classified reintubation subjects into those with respiratory insufficiency and those with nonrespiratory insufficiency and retrospectively investigated the risk factor of reintubation by cause.

2. Materials and Methods

2.1. Ethical Approval. This study was approved by the Ethics Committee of the Shiga University, Medical Science Hospital, Shiga, Japan. Informed consent of the patients was obtained (approval number: 28-17). The work complied with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975 and its subsequent revisions.

2.2. Setting. We retrospectively examined adult patients admitted to the ICU of the Shiga University, Medical Science Hospital, Shiga, Japan, between April 2013 and July 2015. In this ICU, both medical and surgical patients are admitted. Cases of cardiovascular surgery were excluded. We investigated 262 patients who were intubated, invasively mechanically ventilated for more than 24 hours, and extubated.

2.3. Extubation Criteria. In our hospital's ICU, the extubation criteria include a successful SBT and a confirmed negative cuff leak test. The method and period of the SBT are left to the discretion of the attending physician. The respiratory settings of the SBT include a continuous positive airway pressure with a positive end-expiratory pressure of 4 cm [H.sub.2]O and a pressure support of 4 cm [H.sub.2]O; sometimes, T-pieces are used.

2.4. Reintubation Criteria. When the attending physician decided that reintubation is necessary, reintubation was carried out. Deterioration of mental state such as agitation, haemodynamic instability (tachycardia, arrhythmia, and elevation of blood pressure), increased respiratory rate, use of respiratory support muscle, decrease in partial pressure of arterial oxygen (Pa[O.sub.2]), and increase in partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide (PaC[O.sub.2]) were considered to be indicators for the requirement of reintubation [15].

2.5. Measures and Classification. We examined the subjects' age, sex, Acute Physiology and Chronic Health Evaluation II (APACHE II) and Sequential Organ Failure Assessment (SOFA) scores at admission, the intubation duration, pressure of arterial oxygen to fractional inspired oxygen concentration ratio (Pa[O.sub.2]/Fi[O.sub.2] ratio or P/F ratio), PaC[O.sub.2], rapid shallow breathing index (RSBI) at extubation, and positive fluid balance on the day before extubation. Moreover, we investigated the use of noninvasive ventilation (NIV) after extubation and the prognoses (28- and 90-day mortality) associated with reintubation.

Subjects in whom reintubation was required within 48 hours after extubation were defined as reintubation cases. Subsequently, the reintubation cases were divided into two groups, according to the cause of reintubation. Respiratory muscle fatigue, excessive airway secretion, a weak cough, hypoxaemia, and hypercapnia were defined as respiratory insufficiency, whereas upper airway factors (laryngeal oedema, mucosal ulcers, granulation, and vocal cord paralysis), haemodynamic instability, and lowered level of consciousness were defined as nonrespiratory insufficiency (Table 1).

2.6. Statistical Analyses. The baseline characteristics of the subjects are shown as means and standard deviations for continuous variables and numbers and proportions for categorical variables. We compared the baseline characteristics between the successful extubation and reintubation groups using the chi-square and Mann-Whitney (7-tests. The reintubation group was further classified into the respiratory insufficiency and nonrespiratory insufficiency subgroups. We conducted univariate and age-adjusted multivariate logistic regression to identify the risk factors for reintubation. Odds ratios (ORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were calculated; p < 0.05 was considered significant.

After dividing the subjects into the two groups according to the cause of reintubation, we used the propensity score method to adjust for possible confounders. First, to investigate the risk factors of reintubation due to respiratory insufficiency, we added the candidate confounders age, APACHE II score, intubation duration, and RSBI to a logistic regression model with reintubation as the dependent variable. These confounders were previously reported to be risk factors for reintubation [8, 10, 12, 16-18]. In the final model, we conducted logistic regression including a P/F ratio < 200, the propensity scores as covariates, and reintubation as the dependent variable. In past reports, a P/F ratio > 150 was recommended as the SBT initiation criterion [19-22]; thus, we used a P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200 as a covariate in this study. Since the number of cases in the nonrespiratory insufficiency groups was small, we did use propensity score analysis for this group. All statistical analyses were performed with SPSS Statistics Version 22 (IBM Japan, Tokyo, Japan).

3. Results

3.1. Subject Characteristics and Causes of Reintubation. During the study period, 262 patients were admitted to the ICU and extubated. Of these, 250 were successfully extubated, and 12 were reintubated within 48 hours after extubation (reintubation rate, 4.5%; Figure 1).

There were no significant differences in age, sex, APACHE II scores, and SOFA scores between the successful extubation and reintubation groups. The intubation duration was significantly longer (4.5 days vs. 1.0 day, respectively; p = 0.006), and the RSBI was significantly higher (63.0 breaths/min/L vs. 43.0 breaths/min/L, respectively; p = 0.035) in the reintubation group than in the extubation group (Table 2). There were no significant differences in PaC[O.sub.2] at extubation between the groups. Noninvasive ventilation was performed in 28 out of all patients and 4 patients from all reintubation groups (2 from the respiratory insufficiency group and 2 from the nonrespiratory insufficiency group). In the reintubation group, we did not observe any complications such as ventilator-associated pneumonia or ventilator-associated lung injury. Moreover, no deterioration of the prognoses (28- and 90-day mortality) was observed.

3.2. Risk Factors of Reintubation by Cause. Among 12 subjects requiring reintubation, the cause was respiratory insufficiency and nonrespiratory insufficiency in 7 and 5 cases (4 due to upper airway factors and 1 due to lowered level of consciousness), respectively (Figure 1).

In both univariate and multivariate analyses, after adjustment for age, intubation duration and RSBI were significantly associated with reintubation in the total reintubation group (univariate analyses: intubation duration: OR 1.128, 95% CI 1.018 to 1.249, and RSBI: OR 1.034, 95% CI 1.006 to 1.063; multivariate analyses: intubation duration: OR 1.123, 95% CI 1.013 to 1.246, and RSBI: OR 1.033, 95% CI 1.005 to 1.061; Table 3). Moreover, the P/F ratio exhibited a significant association with reintubation, but only in the respiratory insufficiency group (p = 0.036 and p = 0.026 in the univariate and multivariate analyses, respectively). Intubation duration was significantly related to reintubation in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group only (p = 0.033 and p = 0.044 in the univariate and multivariate analyses, respectively; Table 3).

3.3. Propensity Score Analysis. In the reintubation group, a P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200 at extubation was not associated with reintubation in the propensity score analysis after adjustments for age, APACHE score, intubation duration, and RSBI. However, in the respiratory insufficiency group, a P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200 showed a significant association with reintubation (P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200 at extubation: OR 7.811, 95% CI 1.345 to 45.367; Table 4). In the nonrespiratory insufficiency group, no patient had a P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200.

4. Discussion

We retrospectively investigated patients who required reintubation despite a successful SBT and cuff leak test at extubation. To clarify the cause-specific risk factors of reintubation, we divided the reintubation subjects into the respiratory insufficiency and nonrespiratory insufficiency groups. We used propensity score analysis to adjust for confounding factors. The odds of reintubation significantly increased with a P/F ratio [less than or equal to] 200 at extubation in the respiratory insufficiency group. In the nonrespiratory insufficiency group, intubation duration may be related to reintubation. Largerscale studies are needed, but when classified by cause, reintubation seems to have a different risk factor.

The reason a low P/F ratio at extubation has not been considered as a predictor of reintubation is likely that reintubation cases have previously not been classified by the cause of reintubation. The P/F ratio at extubation has been disregarded as a risk factor for reintubation [10, 12, 16]. Thille et al. examined 168 patients who were extubated as scheduled and reported that although the P/F ratio was investigated, there were no significant differences between successful and failed extubation [17]. In our study, the P/F ratio at extubation was not associated with reintubation in the total reintubation group in the multivariate analysis. This is consistent with the results of previous studies.

However, a low P/F ratio significantly increased the risk of reintubation when the cause was respiratory insufficiency. Because a deterioration in the P/F ratio at extubation was not often observed in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group, the P/F ratio at extubation may not be associated with reintubation when a simultaneous analysis was performed.

Only in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group, the intubation duration significantly increased the risk of reintubation. Penuelas et al. reported that a long duration of intubation at extubation increased the risk of reintubation [12]. In our study, the intubation duration in the reintubation group was longer than that in successful extubation groups, but we observed no significant differences between the successful extubation groups and the respiratory insufficiency group, and the intubation duration was significantly longer in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group than in the successful extubation group. The intubation duration has also been reported as a risk factor of laryngeal injuries after intubation [23], which may explain why the intubation duration was a risk factor for reintubation in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group.

RSBI may not be a risk factor of reintubation when stratified by cause. It was reported that RSBI has high reliability as a predictor of weaning [24], but it is affected by the ventilator support setting [25], so RSBI alone may be insufficient as a predictor. In our survey, a significant difference in the RSBI was found between the reintubation and successful extubation groups. However, when we further classified the reintubation groups into two subgroups by cause, we observed no significant differences in the RSBI between the groups. This is possibly because classification into two groups decreases the number of subjects in each group; this may attenuate the effects of differences observed. It is necessary to investigate by increasing the number of cases.

In this study, it was suggested that cause-specific risk factors might exist upon classifying the cause of reintubation. Although it may be done empirically, there is a possibility that, by classifying the cause, effective treatment for preventing reintubation can be provided. For example, in the nonrespiratory insufficiency group, for the prevention of postextubation laryngeal oedema if corticosteroids administration is provided not to all intubation patients, but only to the patients with long intubation duration, it may be more effective and side effects maybe reduced. Patients which need reintubation due to upper airway factors in nonrespiratory insufficiency may be difficult to intubate and should be prepared for difficult airway. Although it was reported that NIV was not effective for postextubation respiratory failure [26], there are reports that early NIV was effective for the prevention of respiratory failure after extubation [27]. Even in patients with a low P/F ratio at extubation, reintubation may be avoided by providing NIV after extubation. By increasing the number of cases and classifying them according to the cause, the risk factors of reintubation will become clearer. It will also contribute to the development of a treatment regimen corresponding to each disease condition.

Our study has several limitations. First, the number of reintubations was low initially and further decreased due to the cause-specific classification. Second, since reintubation was caused by a variety of factors, an accurate classification was difficult. There was no case in this study, but there may be patients with both respiratory insufficiency and upper airway factors.

Third, while we examined and adjusted for age, APACHE II score, intubation duration, and RSBI, airway secretions and a weak cough reflex, which are also risk factors of reintubation, were difficult to investigate, and an objective evaluation of these factors was difficult. Fourth, this study had a single-centre retrospective design. Finally, all subjects were of Asian descent; thus, possible differences associated with ethnicity could not be considered.

5. Conclusions

When we investigated the risk factors of reintubation by cause, we found that a low P/F ratio at extubation in patients with respiratory insufficiency was a predictor of reintubation. Moreover, the intubation duration might be a risk factor in patients with nonrespiratory insufficiency. This was a small-scale retrospective study; although large studies may show different results, our results indicate that the risk factors vary between reintubation due to respiratory failure and reintubation due to nonrespiratory failure. By increasing the sample size and examining the cause-specific risks of reintubation, the risk of reintubation can be predicted with a higher accuracy. This can aid in the development of treatment strategies corresponding to each pathophysiology.

https://doi.org/10.1155/2018/3654251

Data Availability

The data used to support the findings of this study are available from the corresponding author upon request.

Conflicts of Interest

The authors declare that that there are no conflicts of interest regarding the publication of this paper.

Acknowledgments

The authors would like to thank A. Suzuki for her help in collecting the data.

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Emi Fujii [ID], (1) Kazunori Fujino, (1) Sachiko Tanaka-Mizuno, (2) and Yutaka Eguchi (1)

(1) Department of Critical and Intensive Medicine, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta-tsukinowa-cho, Otsu-shi, Shiga 527-8505, Japan

(2) Department of Medical Statistics, Shiga University of Medical Science, Seta- tsukinowa-cho, Otsu-shi, Shiga 527-8505, Japan

Correspondence should be addressed to Emi Fujii; riki1020@belle.shiga-med.ac.jp

Received 28 May 2018; Revised 21 September 2018; Accepted 4 October 2018; Published 28 October 2018

Academic Editor: Andrea S. Melani

Caption: Figure 1: Flowchart.
Table 1: Classification of the causes of reintubation.

                                    Respiratory muscle fatigue
                                    Excessive airway secretion
Respiratory                                 Weak cough
insufficiency                               Hypoxaemia
group                                      Hypercapnia

Nonrespiratory     Upper airway          Laryngeal oedema
insufficiency        factors        Mucosal ulcer, granulation
group                                  Vocal cord paralysis

                 Lowered level of
                  consciousness
                   Haemodynamic
                   instability

Table 2: Characteristics of the subjects.

                                           All

Patients, n (%)                            262
Age                                 64.0 [+ or -] 16.2
Sex (male: female)                       149:113
APACHE score                        12.5 [+ or -] 7.7
SOFA score                           6.0 [+ or -] 2.9
Intubation duration (days)           1.0 [+ or -] 4.0
P/F ratio                          350.0 [+ or -] 89.2
RSBI                                43.0 [+ or -] 17.0
The positive fluid balance (ml)    85.0 [+ or -] 1082.5
PaC[O.sub.2] (mmHg)                 39.7 [+ or -] 5.0
28-day mortality, n (%)                  2 (0.7)
90-day mortality, n (%)                  14 (5.3)

                                        Successful
                                        extubation
                                           group

Patients, n (%)                         250 (95.4)
Age                                 65.0 [+ or -] 16.1
Sex (male: female)                        144:106
APACHE score                         12.0 [+ or -] 7.5
SOFA score                           6.0 [+ or -] 2.9
Intubation duration (days)           1.0 [+ or -] 3.9
P/F ratio                           360.0 [+ or -] 88.3
RSBI                                43.0 [+ or -] 16.6
The positive fluid balance (ml)    103.1 [+ or -] 1088.6
PaC[O.sub.2] (mmHg)                  39.5 [+ or -] 4.9
28-day mortality, n (%)                   2 (0.7)
90-day mortality, n (%)                  14 (5.3)

                                                             p
                                           Total           value

Patients, n (%)                          12 (4.5)
Age                                 60.0 [+ or -] 16.8     0.151
Sex (male: female)                          5:7            0.276
APACHE score                         17.5 [+ or -] 9.1     0.257
SOFA score                           5.0 [+ or -] 2.9      0.979
Intubation duration (days)           4.5 [+ or -] 5.0      0.006
P/F ratio                          341.0 [+ or -] 106.8    0.327
RSBI                                63.0 [+ or -] 20.6     0.03
The positive fluid balance (ml)    -291.5 [+ or -] 902.7   0.141
PaC[O.sub.2] (mmHg)                  42.8 [+ or -] 6.4     0.119
28-day mortality, n (%)                    0 (0)           0.756
90-day mortality, n (%)                    0 (0)           0.399

                                           Reintubation group

                                       Respiratory
                                   insufficiency group    p value

Patients, n (%)                          7 (2.6)
Age                                 62.0 [+ or -] 18.2     0.808
Sex (male: female)                         4:3             0.981
APACHE score                        17.0 [+ or -] 8.2      0.626
SOFA score                           7.0 [+ or -] 2.7      0.960
Intubation duration (days)           4.0 [+ or -] 6.0      0.253
P/F ratio                          252.0 [+ or -] 106.6    0.056
RSBI                                58.0 [+ or -] 19.0     0.106
The positive fluid balance (ml)    67.0 [+ or -] 580.6     0.734
PaC[O.sub.2] (mmHg)                 42.6 [+ or -] 8.2      0.478
28-day mortality, n (%)                   0 (0)            0.812
90-day mortality, n (%)                   0 (0)            0.520

                                       Nonrespiratory         p
                                    insufficiency group     value

Patients, n (%)                           5 (1.9)
Age                                  43.0 [+ or -] 13.3     0.053
Sex (male: female)                          1:4             0.093
APACHE score                         18.0 [+ or -] 11.1     0.230
SOFA score                            5.0 [+ or -] 3.5      0.988
Intubation duration (days)            9.0 [+ or -] 2.9      0.003
P/F ratio                           350.0 [+ or -] 81.2     0.440
RSBI                                 68.0 [+ or -] 24.7     0.175
The positive fluid balance (ml)    -793.4 [+ or -] 1093.3   0.056
PaC[O.sub.2] (mmHg)                  42.9 [+ or -] 3.7      0.108
28-day mortality, n (%)                    0 (0)            0.842
90-day mortality, n (%)                    0 (0)            0.592

Values are expressed as means [+ or -] standard deviations or numbers
(percentages). The p value of each group is described in comparison to
the successful extubation group. APACHE: acute physiology and chronic
health evaluation; SOFA: sequential organ failure assessment; P/F
ratio: pressure of arterial oxygen to fractional inspired oxygen
concentration ratio; RSBI: rapid shallow breathing index;
PaC[O.sub.2]: partial pressure of arterial carbon dioxide.

Table 3: Univariate and age-adjusted multivariate logistic regression
analysis by cause of reintubation.

                                         Univariate logistic regression

                                       OR         95% CI       p value
Reintubation group
Age                                   0.977   0.944 to 1.011    0.185
APACHE score                          1.055   0.986 to 1.129    0.120
Intubation duration                   1.128   1.018 to 1.249    0.022
P/F ratio                             0.996   0.989 to 1.003    0.228
RSBI                                  1.034   1.006 to 1.063    0.017
Respiratory insufficiency group
Age                                   0.995   0.950 to 1.041    0.820
APACHE score                          1.062   0.967 to 1.165    0.208
Intubation duration                   1.088   0.947 to 1.250    0.232
P/F ratio                             0.989   0.980 to 0.999    0.036
RSBI                                  1.030   0.994 to 1.067    0.106
Nonrespiratory insufficiency group
Age                                   0.959   0.913 to 1.007    0.092
APACHE score                          1.083   0.982 to 1.195    0.111
Intubation duration                   1.165   1.012 to 1.342    0.033
P/F ratio                             1.004   0.994 to 1.013    0.449
RSBI                                  1.038   0.998 to 1.080    0.065

                                           Multivariate regression
                                                (age-adjusted)

                                       OR         95% CI       p value
Reintubation group
Age
APACHE score                          1.066   0.996 to 1.141    0.066
Intubation duration                   1.123   1.013 to 1.246    0.028
P/F ratio                             0.994   0.987 to 1.001    0.105
RSBI                                  1.033   1.005 to 1.061    0.023
Respiratory insufficiency group
Age
APACHE score                          1.068   0.972 to 1.173    0.173
Intubation duration                   1.088   0.946 to 1.250    0.236
P/F ratio                             0.989   0.979 to 0.999    0.026
RSBI                                  1.030   0.994 to 1.067    0.108
Nonrespiratory insufficiency group
Age
APACHE score                          1.108   0.998 to 1.229    0.054
Intubation duration                   1.163   1.004 to 1.348    0.044
P/F ratio                             1.002   0.992 to 1.012    0.734
RSBI                                  1.033   0.994 to 1.074    0.097

APACHE, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation; CI, confidence
interval; OR, odds ratio; P/F ratio, pressure of arterial oxygen to
fractional inspired oxygen concentration ratio; RSBI, rapid shallow
breathing index.

Table 4: Propensity score analysis in the respiratory insufficiency
group.

                                        Logistic regression using
                                     propensity scores (adjusted for
                                      age, APACHE score, intubation
P/F [less than or equal to] 200          duration, and RSBI)

                                    OR         95% CI        p value

Reintubation group                 4.004   0.776 to 20.664    0.098
Respiratory insufficiency group    7.811   1.345 to 45.367    0.022

APACHE, acute physiology and chronic health evaluation; CI, confidence
interval; OR, odds ratio; P/F ratio, pressure of arterial oxygen to
fractional inspired oxygen concentration ratio; RSBI, rapid shallow
breathing index.
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