Keywords: COVID-19, dysphagia, mechanical ventilation, post extubation, swallowing, intensive care unit


Introduction: The covid-19 pandemic has resulted in several hospitalizations and deaths. Many patients are admitted to an intensive care unit to receive invasive ventilation. Despite having the tools and techniques for orotracheal intubation a large number of patients can lead to swallowing impairments following extubation. Dysphagia can be a consequence of prolonged hospitalization in intensive care units due to severe SARS-CoV-2 pneumonia. Objective: To verify the incidence of dysphagia in patients with covid-19 after mechanical ventilation extubation. Method: Observational, descriptive, study of SARS-CoV-2 patients admitted into the intensive care unit. Results: A total of 29 patients were admitted into intensive care unit for intubation and mechanical ventilation and they were successfully extubated. And 82.7% of patients that underwent speech-language assessment of swallowing had some level of dysphagia. Conclusions: Dysphagia affects several patients post extubation due SARS-COV-2.


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