Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2020

Publication Title

Medicine

Abstract

INTRODUCTION: Post-extubation dysphagia is commonly observed in ICU patients and associated with increased aspiration rates, delayed resumption of oral intake/ malnutrition, prolonged ICU and hospital length of stay, decreased quality of life, and increased mortality. Conventional therapeutic approaches are limited. Pharyngeal electrical stimulation (PES) was previously shown to improve swallowing function and airway safety in severely dysphagic tracheostomised stroke patients.

METHODS: In a multi-center, single-blind, 1:1 randomized controlled study, up to 400 (360 evaluable) mixed emergency adult ICU patients with recent extubation following mechanical ventilation and confirmed oropharyngeal dysphagia will be enrolled at investigational academic ICUs. Primary objective is to evaluate the effectiveness of PES in reducing the severity of unsafe swallows. Patients will be randomized to receive PES (or sham) treatment on 3 consecutive days in addition to best supportive care. Primary endpoint is a composite of 2 endpoints with hierarchy based on clinical priorities: DISCUSSION:: This study will evaluate the effects of PES on swallowing safety in critically ill ICU patients post mechanical ventilation with oropharyngeal dysphagia.

Medical Subject Headings

Deglutition Disorders; Electric Stimulation Therapy; Europe; Humans; Intensive Care Units; Prospective Studies; Quality of Life; Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic; Research Design; Single-Blind Method; United States

PubMed ID

32176093

Volume

99

Issue

11

First Page

19503

Last Page

19503

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