Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Early tracheostomy may be considered in severe COVID-19

(HealthDay)—Early tracheostomy in hospitalized COVID-19 patients who require mechanical ventilation is noninferior to late tracheostomy and may be associated with improvement in some outcomes, according to a study published ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Time to decannulation shorter if based on suctioning frequency

(HealthDay)—A protocol based on suctioning frequency plus continuous high-flow oxygen therapy results in a shorter time to decannulation among conscious, critically ill patients with a tracheostomy tube, according to a ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Blacks live longer, not necessarily better, with ALS

(HealthDay)—Black Americans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) tend to live longer than whites with the disease because blacks are more likely to have a procedure called a tracheostomy, a new study shows.

Oncology & Cancer

CT-gross tumor volume predicts outcome in larynx preservation

(HealthDay)—For patients undergoing larynx preservation, pretreatment computed tomography-gross tumor volume (CT-GTV) is predicative of an increase in time with tracheostomy and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Risk factors for tracheostomy in spinal cord injury identified

(HealthDay)—Patient age, severe neurological impairment, and forced vital capacity (FVC) are useful for predicting the need for tracheostomy in the management of patients with cervical spinal cord injury (CSCI) in the acute ...

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