Early percutaneous tracheotomy versus prolonged intubation of mechanically ventilated patients after cardiac surgery: a randomized trial.

@article{Trouillet2011EarlyPT,
  title={Early percutaneous tracheotomy versus prolonged intubation of mechanically ventilated patients after cardiac surgery: a randomized trial.},
  author={J. L. Trouillet and Charles-Edouard Luyt and Marguerite Guiguet and Alexandre Ouattara and Elisabeth Vaissier and Ralouka Makri and Ania Nieszkowska and Pascal N Leprince and Alain J Pavie and Jean Chastre and Alain Combes},
  journal={Annals of internal medicine},
  year={2011},
  volume={154 6},
  pages={373-83}
}
BACKGROUND Whether early percutaneous tracheotomy in patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation can shorten mechanical ventilation duration and lower mortality remains controversial. OBJECTIVE To compare the outcomes of severely ill patients who require prolonged mechanical ventilation randomly assigned to early percutaneous tracheotomy or prolonged intubation. DESIGN Prospective, randomized, controlled, single-center trial (ClinicalTrials.gov registration number: NCT00347321… CONTINUE READING
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