Tracheostomy in a neuro-intensive care setting: indications and timing.

A retrospective review was made of 49 survivors who were mechanically ventilated for more than 48 hours in the neurosurgical ICU. Thirty-two patients (Gp I) were successfully extubated, 9 patients (Gp II) underwent tracheostomy after one or more failed extubations, and 8 patients (Gp III) underwent elective tracheostomy. Glasgow Coma Scale (GCS) scores at… CONTINUE READING