Indications for tracheostomy

Vaninder K. Dhillon, Niels Kokot, Uttam K. Sinha

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The focus on this chapter is discussion of indications for tracheostomy placement in both the acute and the elective (operating room) setting. Our experience as the Otolaryngology service on the acute airway team at a Level I trauma center is unique in that our algorithm incorporates tracheostomy planning in an acute setting. In the acute setting, discussion will focus on the key principles in establishing a surgical airway through a tracheostomy. In the elective setting, the indications for tracheostomy placement as part of airway management in surgical procedures as well as the indications for placement at beside in the ICU will be discussed. The risks/benefits/alternatives of tracheostomy placement will be discussed within this chapter.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationTracheostomy
Subtitle of host publicationProspective Practices, Management and Potential Complications
PublisherNova Science Publishers, Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781633217430
ISBN (Print)9781633217126
StatePublished - Oct 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Acute
  • Difficult airway
  • Elective
  • Surgical airway
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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