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Bedside tracheostomy for a COVID-19 cohort

Authors
  • Loube, Daniel I.1
  • Hassan, Kashif Z.1
  • Lee, Sang H.1
  • Davidson, Bruce L.2
  • 1 Critical Care Division, Regional Medical Center of San Jose, USA
  • 2 Pulmonary and Critical Care Division, Providence Health System, Seattle, WA, USA
Type
Published Article
Journal
Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Jan 20, 2021
Volume
32
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/j.rmcr.2021.101346
PMID: 33495729
PMCID: PMC7816962
Source
PubMed Central
License
Unknown

Abstract

The use of tracheostomy in ventilator dependent COVID-19 patients is novel because of the recent and rapid spread of this pandemic with risk of transmission of infection to healthcare workers. This case-series of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients indicates that percutaneous tracheostomy performed at bedside with careful precautions and limited modification of standard technique was effective in promoting weaning from mechanical ventilation with few complications and no transmission of COVID-19 infection to the procedural healthcare workers.

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