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Name of Media:

Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy versus surgical tracheostomy in critically ill patients: a systematic review and meta-analysis


Delaney A, Bagshaw S M, Nalos M

Publisher or Source:

University of York-the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Type of Media:

Medical Journal

Media Originally for:

Critical Care Physicians

Country of Origin:

United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (the)

Primary Focus of Media:

Pre-Use of PICS Designation

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The authors concluded that elective percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy is associated with significantly fewer wound infections than surgical tracheostomy in critically ill adults, and may also reduce bleeding and mortality (compared with surgical tracheostomy performed in the operating theatre). The quality of the primary studies was limited and outcome definitions differed widely. However, the review was well-conducted and these conclusions appear reliable.

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