Open Tracheostomy



Open tracheostomy has been performed, in its modern definition, since the early 1900s.1 Since its first use, the indications for tracheostomy have varied widely, from inflammatory disease and malignancy to airway protection and ventilatory support. Tracheostomy is one of the most common procedures that the intensive care unit (ICU) patient population will undergo. Bedside open tracheostomy (BOT) has become an attractive option for critically ill patients; it obviates the need for transport to the operating room, has been shown to decrease costs, and can be done safely.2,3


Tracheostomy Tube Tracheal Stenosis Cricoid Cartilage Percutaneous Dilatational Tracheostomy Tracheal Ring 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Division of Traumatology and Surgical Critical CareUniversity of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and University of Pennsylvania Medical CenterPhiladelphiaUSA

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