Ricardo Mingarini Terra et al.
Clinics[online]. 2007, vol.62, n.4, pp. 427-432.
BACKGROUND: Tracheostomy is electively performed in critically ill patients requiring prolonged respiratory support. The risk of transporting, the increasing associated cost and operative room schedule are some of the obstacles for wider acceptance of this procedure. The use of rigid selection criteria exclude many patients who would benefit of this approach. OBJECTIVE: To determine the safety of open bedside tracheostomy (OBT) as a routine intensive care units (ICU) procedure without any selection criteria, considering its peri and postoperative complications. METHOD: Retrospective medical chart review of all patients that underwent elective tracheostomy between April 1999 and December 2005 at ICU of three private hospitals. RESULTS: The study group comprised 552 patients with a mean age of 69.6 ± 15.8 years. The incidence of significant complications (until 30 days after the procedure) was 4.34% (24 cases): 9 minor bleeding, 9 major bleeding, 2 subcutaneous emphysema, 4 stomal infections. Late complications were: laryngotracheal stenosis in 2 and tracheoinomminate fistula in 1 patient. CONCLUSIONS: OBT seems to be a safe and simple procedure, when performed by a team of experienced physicians under controlled circumstances, and should be considered as an option for ICU patients.
Palavras-chave : Tracheostomy; Intraoperative Complications; Postoperative Complications; Intensive Care Units; Thoracic Surgery.