Tracheostomy

  • G. Bishop
  • K. Hillman
  • P. Bristow
Part of the Yearbook of Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (YEARBOOK, volume 1997)

Abstract

Tracheostomy is a common adjunct to airway management in most intensive care units. It is an ancient procedure attributed initially to the Egyptians 3600 years ago. The modern surgical technique was defined in the 1920’s and has changed little to the present. Despite this, there are many controversies still surrounding tracheostomy for the critically ill. These include prolonged endotracheal intubation versus tracheostomy; early versus late tracheostomy; surgical versus percutaneous technique and which percutaneous technique; incisional, or dilational.

Keywords

Obesity Catheter Ischemia Pneumonia Cane 

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  • G. Bishop
  • K. Hillman
  • P. Bristow

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