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Emergency Department Management of Surgical Airway Complications

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  • Patients may present to the ED with breathing difficulties from device/mechanical malfunction; allergic, medication-related, or infectious etiologies; or bleeding or surgical complications.
  • Data suggest that although there is a gap in experience and confidence among emergency clinicians when encountering patients with tracheostomy complications, didactic and simulation sessions improved clinician confidence.2,3
  • The tracheostomy can decrease length of ICU stay, patient comfort, and weaning from mechanical ventilation.
  • Tracheostomy tube parts and tube types (cuffed, uncuffed, and fenestrated) can be seen in Figure 2 and Figure 3.
  • Tracheostomy tube sizes are not universal between brands.
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John Dubensky, DO; Chelsea Schmidt, DO; Scott Goldstein, DO, FACEP, FAEMS, EMT-PHP

Peer Reviewed By

Calvin A. Brown, III, MD; Michael Self, MD

Publication Date

November 1, 2022

CME Expiration Date

November 1, 2025

CME Credits

4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, 4 ACEP Category I Credits, 4 AAFP Prescribed Credits, 4 AOA Category 2-A or 2-B Credits.

Pub Med ID: 36279379

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