Summary of evidence for PDT versus open tracheostomy. No difference in ICU or hospital mortality; duration of ventilation; nosocomial pneumonia
Percutaneous tracheostomy = reference to a number of different techniques to insert a tracheostomy (gradual dilation, forceps dilation, rhino and translaryngeal techniques)
There are important considerations regarding tracheostomy management that differ from the standard approach to respiratory distress
Haemorrhage from, or around, a tracheostomy site is both relatively common and potentially life-threatening
Tracheostomy tubes: Various types of tubes may be used to provide an airway via a stoma created surgically or using percutaneous dilation
18 year old man day 7 in ICU after jumping from a building. Tracheostomy performed the day before. Acute respiratory distress with inability to pass a suction catheter through the tracheostomy tube.
Jon Gatwood discusses: Tracheostomy; Friend or Foe? Properly Interesting or Deathly Dull? Have you been bored to death by these things?