Cuff deflation: Rehabilitation in critical care

John R. Bach, Miguel R. Gonçalves, Pedro Landete Rodriguez, Louis Saporito, Luisa Soares

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This is a case series of rehabilitation failures that resulted in severe reactive depression from patients unnecessarily bereft of verbal communication by being left to breathe or be ventilated via tracheostomy tubes, with or without inflated cuffs, for months to years.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)719-723
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Issue number8
StatePublished - 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation
  • Rehabilitation


  • Decannulation
  • Mechanical Insufflation-Exsufflation
  • Mechanically Assisted Cough
  • Muscular Dystrophy
  • Noninvasive Ventilation
  • Reactive Depression
  • Rehabilitation
  • Spinal Cord Injury


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