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Timing of Tracheostomy

Chien-Ming Chao, MD1; Chih-Cheng Lai, MD1
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1Department of Intensive Care Medicine, Chi Mei Medical Center, Liouying, Taiwan
JAMA. 2013;310(12):1286-1287. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277960.
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To the Editor The TracMan (Tracheostomy Management) study1 investigated the effect of early vs late tracheostomy placement on survival in patients receiving mechanical ventilation. In this study, no significant benefit was found for early tracheostomy. Although there were no significant differences for mortality or critical care unit length of stay between the early and late tracheostomy groups, other clinical outcomes of early tracheostomy should be taken into consideration.

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September 25, 2013
Duncan Young, DM
1Adult Intensive Care Unit, John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, England
JAMA. 2013;310(12):1287. doi:10.1001/jama.2013.277972.
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