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Risk factors for development of postoperative sore throat and hoarseness after endotracheal intubation in women: a secondary analysis
Umeå University, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing.
2012 (English)In: AANA: American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, ISSN 0994-6354, Vol. 80, no 4 Special research edition, S67-S73 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Postoperative sore throat and hoarseness are common and disturbing complications following endotracheal intubation, and women are more frequently affected by these symptoms. This study explores risk factors associated with postoperative sore throat and hoarseness in women following intubation.

In this prospective cross-sectional study, 97 patients undergoing elective ear, nose, and throat surgery or plastic surgery were included. Eight different variables were analyzed to detect possible associations for the development of postoperative sore throat or hoarseness. For data analysis, the f} test and the odds ratio were used.

Three variables were found to be significant risk factors for postoperative sore throat: age greater than 60 years (P = .01), the use of a throat pack (P = .04), and endotracheal tube No. 7.0 (size 7 mm; P = .02). The only risk factor found to be significantly associated with developing hoarseness was an endotracheal cuff pressure below 20 centimeters of water (P = .04). Larger studies are needed to confirm these risk factors.

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A A N A Publishing, Inc. , 2012. Vol. 80, no 4 Special research edition, S67-S73 p.
Keyword [en]
Endotracheal intubation, hoarseness, postoperative complications, risk factors, sore throat
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Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Nursing
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-60560OAI: diva2:561083
Available from: 2012-10-17 Created: 2012-10-17 Last updated: 2015-08-21Bibliographically approved

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