Table 1

Admission demographic and diagnosis of 262 patients admitted to a specialist weaning and rehabilitation centre

FactorMedian (IQR) or n (%)
Age64.2 (52.6–73.6)
Male gender157 (59.9%)
Tertiary admission190 (72.5%)
Neuromuscular/chest wall disease105 (39.7%)
 Motor neuron disease17 (6.5%)
 Structural chest wall disease16 (6.1%)
 Guillain-Barré syndrome13 (5.0%)
 Muscular dystrophy13 (5.0%)
 Myotonic dystrophy11 (4.2%)
 Spinal cord injury6 (2.3%)
 Isolated postcritical care neuromyopathy*5 (1.9%)
 Previous poliomyelitis3 (1.1%)
 Myasthenic syndrome3 (1.1%)
Postsurgery55 (21.0%)
 Cardiothoracic29 (11.1%)
 Upper gastrointestinal7 (2.7%)
 Vascular surgery6 (2.3%)
 ENT/maxillofacial5 (1.9%)
 Lower gastrointestinal4 (1.5%)
COPD51 (19.5%)
Obesity-related respiratory failure14 (5.3%)
Other diagnosis38 (14.5%)
 Interstitial lung disease10 (3.8%)
 Chronic respiratory infection7 (2.7%)
 Stroke5 (1.9%)
 Malignant disease3 (1.1%)
  • Diagnoses with fewer than three patients admitted in this cohort are not given in this table.

  • *Five patients had no clear aetiology of weaning failure but had confirmed isolated postcritical care neuromyopathy without coexisting neurological disease.

  • COPD, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease; ENT, ear nose and throat.