Prospective observational study of postoperative complications after percutaneous dilatational or surgical tracheostomy in critically ill patients

Julie Barbetti, Alistair Nichol, Michael Bailey, Geraldine Lee, David Cooper

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To assess and describe postoperative complications of single dilator percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) and surgical tracheostomy (ST) in a large series of critically ill patients. Results: 913 patients (79 ) underwent PDT at the bedside in the ICU, and 250 (21 ) underwent ST in the operating theatre. The tracheostomy tube was larger, and the duration of tracheostomy cannulation was shorter after PDT than after ST. The postoperative complication rate for PDT was 9.6 compared with 19.6 for ST (P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244 - 249
Number of pages6
JournalCritical Care and Resuscitation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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