Ultrasound guidance decreases complications of tracheostomy procedure

03/31/2014 | Anesthesiology News (free registration)

A retrospective chart study found that ultrasound guidance decreased complications stemming from percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy. Patients who underwent ultrasound-guided PDT were 10 times less likely to suffer complications such as bleeding, loss of airway, incorrect placement and dislodging, compared with patients who underwent the procedure without ultrasound assistance.

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