Percutaneous Tracheostomy

  • Morgan Schellenberg
  • Kenji InabaEmail author


  • Percutaneous tracheostomy is an excellent option for establishing a non-urgent surgical airway in the intensive care unit. It requires the concurrent use of bronchoscopy and is relatively contraindicated in patients with cervical spine fractures, systemic anticoagulation, and those with altered neck anatomy. Patient positioning, instruments, technique, tips, and pitfalls of percutaneous tracheostomy are discussed in this chapter

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Trauma, Emergency Surgery and Surgical Critical CareUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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