Data analysis supports early ICU tracheostomy

07/22/2014 | Medscape (free registration)

Data from 15 clinical trials found ICU patients who need mechanical ventilation had better outcomes with an early tracheostomy, compared with those who did not have the procedure or had it later in their stay, researchers reported. The study in Lancet Respiratory Medicine found patients who had an early tracheostomy had a lower risk of all-cause mortality in the ICU and attained mobility sooner.

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