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A clinical practice providing the more appropriate airway humidification methods applied on patients with severe traumatic brain injury
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  • xiaohong yin,
  • banyou ma,
  • lei yang,
  • hua sun,
  • zhilei yun,
  • yuxia wang
xiaohong yin
changzhou forth people's hospital

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Rationale, aims and objectives: Airway humidification is an essential treatment for severe traumatic brain injury (STBI) patients after tracheotomy. To date, there was no relevant quantitative study evaluating these humidification ways and providing the appropriate method for the long-term nursing of these patients. Methods: In this study, 150 patients whom received tracheotomy treatment in our hospital from January 2016 to November 2018 were recruited into this study. Subjects were divided into three groups according to the humidification way that they received. The groups were oxygen spraying group (group A), Heat and moisture exchanger (HME) group (group B) and the heating and humidification group (group C). Phlegm viscosity, humidification effect, phlegm formation rate, daily sputum inhalation times, airway spasm, secondary lung infection, daily nursing times, nurses’ internal satisfaction were evaluated. Results: The C method is superior to both A and B methods in most aspects. A method trends to happening with insufficient or excessive humidification. Phlegm scab formation is significantly less in group C. The B and C methods had equal humidification effects and need similar daily sputum inhalation nursing. Airway spasm was frequent happened in group A than that in groups B and C. Secondary infection happened in all groups, the number of infected patients showed a decreasing trend and the infection degree showed no difference in the first 7 days between group C and group A. And the severity but not the infection ratio significantly decreased in Group C on the 30th day. Method A significantly reduced nursing workload, but gained the worst humidification effects. Conclusion: Collectively, C method is more suitable for the airway nursing of patients with severe traumatic brain injury.