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SYMPOSIUM - ICU & TRAUMA PROCEDURE COMPLICATION
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 5  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 179-188

An overview of complications associated with open and percutaneous tracheostomy procedures


1 Department of Surgery, St. Luke's University Health Network, Bethlehem, United States
2 Department of Surgery, The Ohio State University College of Medicine, Columbus, Ohio, United States

Correspondence Address:
Stanislaw P Stawicki
St. Luke's University Health Network, 801 Ostrum Street, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania - 18015
United States
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2229-5151.164994

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Tracheostomy, whether open or percutaneous, is a commonly performed procedure and is intended to provide long-term surgical airway for patients who are dependent on mechanical ventilatory support or require (for various reasons) an alternative airway conduit. Due to its invasive and physiologically critical nature, tracheostomy placement can be associated with significant morbidity and even mortality. This article provides a comprehensive overview of commonly encountered complications that may occur during and after the tracheal airway placement, including both short- and long-term postoperative morbidity.


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