Locally developed guidelines reduce immediate complications from percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy using the Ciaglia Blue Rhino technique: a report on 200 procedures.

@article{Cosgrove2006LocallyDG,
  title={Locally developed guidelines reduce immediate complications from percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy using the Ciaglia Blue Rhino technique: a report on 200 procedures.},
  author={Joseph E. Cosgrove and A Sweenie and Graham Raftery and S. Carey and Andrew J. Kilner and Ian D. Nesbitt and David M Cressey and Nicola Hirschauer and Peter Laws and David Ryan},
  journal={Anaesthesia and intensive care},
  year={2006},
  volume={34 6},
  pages={
          782-6
        }
}
Ciaglia Blue Rhino percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy is used as an aid to ventilatory weaning. It carries an immediate complication rate previously reported in 100 consecutive patients by Fikkers et al at 6% for "major" complications and 30% for "minor" complications. Mortality has been associated with the procedure. Our institution has performed dilatational percutaneous tracheostomy since 1998 and used the Blue Rhino technique since 2002. Consensus guidelines were developed following… CONTINUE READING