Clinical Challenges in Otolaryngology
February 2001

Percutaneous Tracheotomy May Be Useful in Both Surgical and Intensive Care Settings, but Is No Replacement for the Open Procedure

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Copyright 2001 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.2001

Arch Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2001;127(2):225-226. doi:10.1001/archotol.127.2.225

A properly placed tracheotomy tube is a safe and effective means to control the airway in patients who require prolonged ventilatory support or have significant upper airway obstruction. Compared with prolonged endotracheal intubation, a tracheotomy tube provides considerably more patient comfort, greatly facilitates airway care, and increases the options of appropriate health care settings where patients can be treated and their conditions managed.

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