Bedside percutaneous tracheostomy in critically ill medical patients: Clinical characteristics, outcome and complications Academic Article uri icon


  • BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy is a surgical procedure, frequently used in patients with respiratory failure requiring prolonged mechanical ventilation. It is associated with fewer complications and may facilitate weaning from mechanical ventilation. Over the past 15 years, bedside percutaneous tracheostomy (PDT) has been widely employed as the primary method for performing tracheostomy in intensive care units. However, the ideal technique and timing for this procedure is still controversial. OBJECTIVES: To characterize the …

publication date

  • March 1, 2010