High risk patients get relief with early use of steroidsThe possible risks of reintubation and stridor in selected high-risk patients could be minimized when use of steroids is made at least four hours before extubation, as per a report.

A quantitative meta-analysis of seven studies was conducted by Dr. Samir Jaber from University of Montpellier I in France and colleagues for ascertaining the efficacy of prophylactic steroid therapy to prevent reintubation and post-extubation stridor.

It was indicated by the study that the risk of reintubation gets reduced in trials enrolling high-risk patients treated with steroids. It was, however, remarked that risk cannot be completely eliminated since it is not well-defined when conducted trials did not select patients for reintubation risk.