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Pneumothorax during percutaneous tracheostomy ― a brief review of literature on attributable causes and preventable strategies

Ankur Khandelwal, Indu Kapoor, Keshav Goyal, Shalendra Singh, Bhagya Ranjan Jena
DOI: 10.5603/AIT.a2017.0050
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Pubmed: 28953312
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Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2017;49(4):317-319.

open access

Vol 49, No 4 (2017)
Review articles
Published online: 2017-09-26
Submitted: 2017-03-19
Accepted: 2017-08-20

Abstract

The significant advantages of percutaneous tracheostomy over surgical (open) tracheostomy has enabled its widespread acceptability and practice in intensive care units. Over the years, various modifications in the technique of percutaneous tracheostomy has increased its safety profile and reduced the overall complication rate. However, even though it is a bedside procedure, inappropriate patient selection and poor adherence to protocols can lead to devastating complications. One such complication, namely pneumothorax, is often overlooked. In this article, we have highlighted all the possible etiologies of pneumothorax during percutaneous tracheostomy. A brief insight into some of the preventable strategies is also discussed.

Abstract

The significant advantages of percutaneous tracheostomy over surgical (open) tracheostomy has enabled its widespread acceptability and practice in intensive care units. Over the years, various modifications in the technique of percutaneous tracheostomy has increased its safety profile and reduced the overall complication rate. However, even though it is a bedside procedure, inappropriate patient selection and poor adherence to protocols can lead to devastating complications. One such complication, namely pneumothorax, is often overlooked. In this article, we have highlighted all the possible etiologies of pneumothorax during percutaneous tracheostomy. A brief insight into some of the preventable strategies is also discussed.

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Keywords

intensive care units; percutaneous tracheostomy, complications, acute; pneumothorax, causes; pneumothorax, prevention

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Title

Pneumothorax during percutaneous tracheostomy ― a brief review of literature on attributable causes and preventable strategies

Journal

Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy

Issue

Vol 49, No 4 (2017)

Pages

317-319

Published online

2017-09-26

DOI

10.5603/AIT.a2017.0050

Pubmed

28953312

Bibliographic record

Anaesthesiol Intensive Ther 2017;49(4):317-319.

Keywords

intensive care units
percutaneous tracheostomy
complications
acute
pneumothorax
causes
pneumothorax
prevention

Authors

Ankur Khandelwal
Indu Kapoor
Keshav Goyal
Shalendra Singh
Bhagya Ranjan Jena

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