Nasal high flow oxygen therapy after extubation: the road is open but don’t drive too fast!

Antoine Rabbat, Kim Blanc, Aurélie Lefebvre, Christine Lorut


Mechanical ventilation (MV) is necessary for many patients admitted in intensive care unit (ICU). In intubated patients, weaning from invasive MV is a major event during their ICU stay (1,2). Delayed extubation increases the risks associated with IMV and extubation failure is associated with prolonged ICU and hospital stays and increased mortality, particularly attributable to nosocomial infection (3-5).