Volume 2010, Issue 2
  • ISSN: 0253-8253
  • E-ISSN: 2227-0426


Proper post-extubation pain control in traumatic blunt chest injury represents a challenge to provide adequate analgesia for proper lung inflation and to prevent re-intubation. In this case, the average opioid (Remifentanil) infusion drip in a traumatic blunt chest injury patient in the 48 hours prior to extubation was calculated and converted to the equivalent analgesic one of the Fentanyl Transdermal Therapeutic System (Fentanyl TTS Patch). The analgesic gap before the onset of action for the applied fentanyl patch was covered by frequent injections of tramadol. Evaluation of the Fentanyl TTS effect through the post-extubation period was carried out by measuring the analgesic effect on a visual analogue scale, the alertness status by simple sedation score, while the respiratory performance was followed by the negative inspiratory force. The outcome in this case showed that Fentanyl Patch is a reliable, favorable, safe and non-invasive method that produces a good analgesic effect and positive impaction on the post-extubation course of respiratory performance with a satisfactory outcome and no side effects.


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