Early versus late tracheostomy for critically ill patients.

@article{Silva2012EarlyVL,
  title={Early versus late tracheostomy for critically ill patients.},
  author={Brenda Nazar{\'e} Gomes Silva and R{\'e}gis Bruni Andriolo and Humberto Saconato and Alvaro Nagib Atallah and Orsine Valente},
  journal={The Cochrane database of systematic reviews},
  year={2012},
  volume={3},
  pages={CD007271}
}
BACKGROUND Long-term mechanical ventilation is the most common situation where tracheostomy is indicated for patients in intensive care units (ICU). 'Early' and 'late' tracheostomies are two categories of the timing of tracheostomy. The evidence on the advantages attributed to early over late tracheostomy is somewhat conflicting but includes shorter hospital stays and lower mortality rates. OBJECTIVES To evaluate the effectiveness and safety of early (≤ 10 days after intubation) versus late… CONTINUE READING
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