Haemorrhage during minitracheotomy: reduction of risk by altered incision.

A 46-year-old male was admitted to an intensive care unit: for 11 days he waa ventilated via a naso-tracheal tube. Because of excess tracheal secretions, a mini tracheotomy was attempted on the unit which resulted in profuse arterial haemorrhage, necessitating immediate reintubation and subsequent formal tracheostomy. The authors feel that this complication… CONTINUE READING