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Tracheostomy in special groups of critically ill patients: Who, when, and where?

Aisling Longworth, David Veitch, Sandeep Gudibande, Tony Whitehouse, Catherine Snelson, Tonny Veenith

Keywords : Complications, mechanical ventilation, percutaneous tracheostomy, surgical tracheostomy, tracheostomy, translaryngeal intubation, ventilator-associated pneumonia

Citation Information : Longworth A, Veitch D, Gudibande S, Whitehouse T, Snelson C, Veenith T. Tracheostomy in special groups of critically ill patients: Who, when, and where?. Indian J Crit Care Med 2016; 20 (5):280-284.

DOI: 10.4103/0972-5229.182202

License: CC BY-ND 3.0

Published Online: 01-12-2013

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2016; The Author(s).


Tracheostomy is one of the most common procedures undertaken in critically ill patients. It offers many theoretical advantages over translaryngeal intubation. Recent evidence in a heterogeneous group of critically ill patients, however, has not demonstrated a benefit for tracheostomy, in terms of mortality, length of stay in Intensive Care Unit (ICU), or incidence of ventilator-associated pneumonia. It may be a beneficial intervention in articular subsets of ICU patients. In this article, we will focus on the evidence for the timing of tracheostomy and its effect on various subgroups of patients in critical care.

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