Indications for tracheotomy in the pediatric intensive care unit population: a pilot study.

  title={Indications for tracheotomy in the pediatric intensive care unit population: a pilot study.},
  author={Walter T. Lee and Peter J. Koltai and A. Marc Harrison and Elumalai Appachi and Demetrios Bourdakos and Steve Davis and Kathryn L. Weise and Michael McHugh and Jason T. Connor},
  journal={Archives of otolaryngology--head \& neck surgery},
  volume={128 11},
OBJECTIVE To define the indications for tracheotomy in patients requiring prolonged intubation (>1 week) in the pediatric intensive care unit (PICU). DESIGN Retrospective chart review and follow-up telephone survey. SETTING A tertiary care center PICU. OUTCOME MEASURE Tracheotomy or extubation. PATIENTS All patients older than 30 days in the PICU intubated for longer than 1 week between 1997 and 1999. RESULTS During the study, 63 total admissions required intubation for longer than 1… 

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