Patients who are admitted in the neurocritical care unit become dependent on breathing machines (ventilators) for a number of reasons. I am researching ventilator weaning and extubation in neurocritical care. Weaning is a gradual process of reducing ventilator support, and extubation is the process of removing the tube that connects the patient’s lung to the ventilator. If we leave ventilators for longer than required, it can lead to pneumonia. If we remove them too quickly patients may not be able to cope and that can also lead to complications. My research focusses on when you can ideally remove ventilators from patients so that they do not spend an unnecessarily long time on them or have their support discontinued too quickly. I am particularly looking for patients and families who can help me to refine my research question further so that I can study this particular area of weaning. I am interested in patients who have undergone any type of brain injuries and have become dependent on ventilators.
University of Oxford
Arun Joseph (DPhil in Clinical Neurosciences student).
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