Tracheostomy tubes can be inserted surgically or percutaneously via percutaneous dilational tracheostomy (PDT). Tracheostomy is performed for upper airway obstruction, though more often to allow prolonged mechanical ventilation in place of endotracheal tubes. Preparation, performance, and postoperative management for PDT are best provided by a multidisciplinary team. Although PDT is a safe procedure in the hands of experienced operators, both early and late complications can arise. Caution must also be taken during early tracheostomy tube exchange given that immaturity of the stomal tract can risk loss of the airway.
- Chronic respiratory failure
- Critical illness
- Percutaneous dilational tracheostomy
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine