Early tracheotomy versus prolonged endotracheal intubation in unselected severely ill ICU patients

@article{Blot2008EarlyTV,
  title={Early tracheotomy versus prolonged endotracheal intubation in unselected severely ill ICU patients},
  author={François Blot and Thomas Similowski and J L Trouillet and P. Chardon and J. M. Korach and M. Costa and Didier Journois and Guillaume Thi{\'e}ry and Muriel Fartoukh and Isabelle Pipien and Nicolas J Bruder and David Orlikowski and Fr{\'e}d{\'e}ric Tank{\'e}r{\'e} and Isabelle Durand-Zaleski and Christian Auboyer and G{\'e}rard Nitenberg and Laurent Holzapfel and Alain Tenaillon and Jean Chastre and Agn{\`e}s Laplanche},
  journal={Intensive Care Medicine},
  year={2008},
  volume={34},
  pages={1779-1787}
}
Although several advantages are attributed to tracheotomy in ICU patients requiring mechanical ventilation (MV), true benefits and the optimal timing of tracheotomy remain controversial. In this study, we compared early tracheotomy (ET) with prolonged intubation (PI) in severely ill patients requiring prolonged MV. Prospective, randomized study. Twenty-five medical and surgical ICUs in France. Patients expected to require MV > 7 days. Patients were randomised to either (open or percutaneous) ET… CONTINUE READING