Effect of early versus late or no tracheostomy on mortality and pneumonia of critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

@article{Siempos2015EffectOE,
  title={Effect of early versus late or no tracheostomy on mortality and pneumonia of critically ill patients receiving mechanical ventilation: a systematic review and meta-analysis.},
  author={Ilias I. Siempos and Theodora K Ntaidou and Filippos T Filippidis and Augustine M. K. Choi},
  journal={The Lancet. Respiratory medicine},
  year={2015},
  volume={3 2},
  pages={150-158}
}
BACKGROUND Delay of tracheostomy for roughly 2 weeks after translaryngeal intubation of critically ill patients is the presently recommended practice and is supported by findings from large trials. However, these trials were suboptimally powered to detect small but clinically important effects on mortality. We aimed to assess the benefit of early versus late or no tracheostomy on mortality and pneumonia in critically ill patients who need mechanical ventilation. METHODS We systematically… CONTINUE READING
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