Elective tracheotomy for mechanical ventilation by the percutaneous technique.


Percutaneous dilatational tracheotomy is a safe, efficient procedure for elective tracheostomy placement. It is not a technique for emergency tracheotomy. It should be performed only by surgeons experienced in conventional tracheotomy. The advantages of placement at the bedside, speed, and relative inexpense make it attractive in the care of critically ill… (More)


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