Tracheotomy

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Doctors perform tracheotomy on pope   -  Feb 24, 2005
ROME, Italy (CNN) -- Hours after Pope John Paul II was hospitalized with a recurrence of the flu, doctors performed a successful tracheotomy to ease the ... CNN

Pope begins speaking, working as he recovers from flu, tracheotomy   -  Mar 1, 2005
By Noelle Knox, USA TODAY. VATICAN CITY — Pope John Paul II started speaking five days after undergoing an emergency tracheotomy, a Vatican official said ... USA TODAY - USA Today

Tracheotomy performed on Sharon   -  Jan 16, 2006
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a successful tracheotomy on Sunday night to help wean him off a respirator that has been helping him breathe ... Sydney Morning Herald

Sharon tracheotomy 'a success'   -  Jan 15, 2006
JERUSALEM (AFX) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a successful tracheotomy on Sunday evening at the Jerusalem hospital where he has spent the ... Forbes

Man Saves Own Life, Uses Steak Knife for At-Home Tracheotomy   -  May 9, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha man struggling to breathe used a steak knife to perform an at-home tracheotomy. Steve Wilder says he thought he was going to die when ... FOXNews

Omaha man uses steak knife to perform self-tracheotomy   -  May 8, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. — An Omaha man struggling to breathe used a steak knife to perform an at-home tracheotomy. Steve Wilder said he thought he was going to die when ... FOXNews

… to Vote in East Jerusalem; Tracheotomy Aids Sharon's Breathing   -  Jan 16, 2006
Also on Sunday, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's doctors successfully performed a tracheotomy to try to help his breathing and to wean him from a respirator. ... New York Times

Chief Justice Rehnquist hospitalized   -  Jul 13, 2005
The hospital, located near Rehnquist's home in northern Virginia, also treated the chief justice when he had problems with his tracheotomy tube in March. ... CNN International

Doctor says baby 'better at home'   -  Nov 5, 2009
His doctor has agreed to carry out a tracheotomy assessment on Saturday and report back to the court next week. Please turn on JavaScript. ... BBC News

Botox prevents tracheotomy in newborn, Canadian doctor finds   -  Mar 18, 2008
Botox may be best known for its wrinkle-smoothing properties, but a Canadian physician has expanded its use to help save the life of a child born with a ... CBC.ca

Doctor who attended JFK in Dallas has died   -  Dec 8, 2009
He found no vital signs but noted a convulsive effort to breath. Perry performed a tracheotomy on Kennedy while other doctors and surgeons gathered to help. ... Yahoo! News

Islanders-Stars Preview   -  Jan 7, 2010
...injured reserve Thursday and is expected to miss four to six weeks after undergoing a tracheotomy as part of a procedure to repair a throat contusion. ... SportingNews.com

Rehnquist Returns to the Bench   -  Mar 22, 2005
He underwent a tracheotomy in October and is speaking with the aid of a special device in the hole at the base of his throat. He wore his shirt collar open ... Washington Post

Garcia v. Mathes, 474 F.3d 1014 (8th Cir. 02/01/2007)   -  Feb 1, 2007
While still on the ventilator, a nurse accidentally cut a small hole in Hernandez's tracheotomy tube. A trauma surgeon removed and attempted to replace the ... $2.95 - U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit - VersusLaw

Subglottic stenosis a daily fight for air   -  Nov 12, 2007
Success will mean Lewis will be free of the tracheotomy he has needed for air since ... Just three months later a tracheotomy was needed to bypass Lewis's ... NEWS.com.au

Rehnquist delays his return to bench   -  Jan 8, 2005
..."Because of continuing secretions caused by his tracheotomy and radiation ... Patients with thickened phlegm and a tracheotomy tube can have difficulty ... Boston Globe

Ballesteros last week underwent a lengthy procedure to alleviate …   -  Oct 29, 2008
..."It is true that he has a tracheotomy but, like many other procedures, it is customary and is part of the protocols established for similar cases," the ... Independent

Obesity epidemic shows perils to health reform   -  Jan 22, 2009
..."It wasn't until the doctor said my sleep apnea was at a point where we seriously had to consider a tracheotomy that we talked about gastric bypass," said ... Reuters UK

Correction to This Article   -  Feb 19, 2005
7: "continuing secretions caused by his tracheotomy and radiation therapy." Rehnquist was appointed to the court by President Richard M. Nixon in 1972 and ... Washington Post

Ailing South Dakota Senator on the Mend   -  Jan 19, 2007
Tim Johnson is taking part in three hours of physical, occupational and speech therapy every day, and his tracheotomy tube has been removed from his throat, ... Washington Post

Gradual improvement in Vajpayee's health   -  Feb 20, 2009
He underwent a tracheotomy surgery for smoother airway management and was put on ... Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in the neck to open a direct airway ... Hindu

FOXNews.com - Fast Facts: Tracheotomy - Health News | Current Health ...   -  Feb 24, 2005
A tracheotomy (search) is a surgical procedure during which doctors cut a hole through the throat into the windpipe, or trachea, in order to help someone ... FOXNews

Robert Alner on the mend   -  Nov 23, 2007
Surgeons delayed a tracheotomy because he had developed a chest infection, but the procedure was carried out successfully on Wednesday, Alner's 64th ... Telegraph.co.uk

Vajpayee likely to be discharged in next few days   -  Feb 26, 2009
The veteran Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader underwent a tracheotomy surgery ... Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in the neck to open a direct airway ... Economic Times

De Klerk starts to recover after emergency surgery   -  Jun 15, 2006
Mr de Klerk, who has been compared to Mikhail Gorbachev for engineering a peaceful transition to democratic rule, underwent a tracheotomy on Tuesday evening ... Independent

Pictured: The grieving mother whose toddler daughter died after being...   -  Oct 9, 2008
Brighton Coroner's Court heard consultant surgeons Simon Watts and James McGilligan then carried out an emergency tracheotomy to help her breathe. ... Daily Mail

New Tracheotomy Alternative Gives Hope   -  May 17, 2005
For years, patients like Dina Hanson who've suffered extensive damage to their trachea -- or windpipe -- have had just one option available to them: a ... ABC News

Vajpayee returns home, tracheotomy tube removed   -  Mar 1, 2009
PTI. NEW DELHI: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was Sunday discharged from AIIMS as doctors were satisfied with his condition and declared him ... Express Buzz

Daily Times - Leading News Resource of Pakistan   -  Jan 11, 2010
He underwent a tracheotomy surgery for smoother airway management on February 14. The former prime minister asserted India's role as a burgeoning power by ... Daily Times

Omaha Man Breathes Easy After Taking a Knife to His Throat   -  May 20, 2008
Wilder performed a self-tracheotomy in 2006 under similar circumstances, when he felt he could not breathe. "I did what I did the first time. ... ABC News

Israeli PM Sharon undergoes successful tracheotomy   -  Jan 16, 2006
Doctors in Jerusalem treating the critically-ill Israeli prime minister, Ariel Sharon, say they have performed a successful tracheotomy operation on the ... 香港電?

… bad a setback? Hospitalization and tracheotomy suggest bigger...   -  Feb 26, 2005
Hospitalization and tracheotomy suggest bigger problems ... find International Herald Tribune articles. Mary Duenwald and Warren E. Leary International ... Pay-Per-View - International Herald Tribune - HighBeam Research

Families say health care system has let them down   -  Nov 19, 2009
Nathaniel Coulas was born with downs syndrome and also has a tracheotomy tube. ... Nathaniel's tracheotomy tube plugs regularly and they worry about what ... CTV.ca

Baby Indya Trevelyan dies after operation goes wrong   -  Oct 8, 2008
Consultant surgeons Simon Watts and James McGillian carried out an emergency tracheotomy to cut open the windpipe and insert a breathing tube before they ... Telegraph.co.uk

Tennessee Tech Coach Battles Disorder   -  Feb 3, 2006
Breathing without a ventilator, then having his tracheotomy tube removed a day later. Lying on his stomach for the first time in eight months — even if ... San Francisco Chronicle

Tracheotomy: clinical review and guidelines   -  Mar 12, 2007
...* Corresponding author. Address: Department of Thoracic Surgery, University Hospital Leuven, Herestraat 49, 3000 Leuven, Belgium. Tel. ... European Journal of Cardio-Thoracic...

Omaha man uses steak knife to perform self-tracheotomy   -  May 10, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) -- An Omaha man struggling to breathe used a steak knife to perform an at-home tracheotomy. Steve Wilder said he thought he was going to ... Tehran Times

Malcolm O. Perry 2d | JFK's doctor in Dallas, 80   -  Dec 11, 2009
He performed a tracheotomy while other doctors and surgeons gathered to help. Dr. Perry and another surgeon, Robert McClelland, performed cardiopulmonary ... Philadelphia Inquirer

Article: Sharon, still unconscious, has tracheotomy - The Record...   -  Jan 16, 2006
Sharon, still unconscious, has tracheotomy ... find The Record (Bergen County, NJ) articles. MARK LAVIE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Record (Bergen County, ... Pay-Per-View - The Record - HighBeam Research

Pope Undergoes Tracheotomy After Rush Back to the Hospital   -  Feb 25, 2005
But Vatican officials have argued that the pope's public struggle with age and sickness sets its own example, one that an American visitor walking with the ... New York Times

Tracheotomy Reduces The Risk Of Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia   -  Jul 26, 2007
Ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP) is frequent in patients undergoing mechanical ventilation and is associated with substantial morbidity and mortality. ... Medical News Today - Medical News Today (press release)

Vajpayee discharged from hospital   -  Mar 2, 2009
On February 13, tracheotomy was conducted on the 84-year-old leader to ease his respiration process. Mr. Vajpayee's adopted daughter Namita Bhattacharjee ... Hindu

… by granulation tissue within a fenestrated tracheotomy tube: case...   -  Jan 1, 2006
Complications of tracheotomy tube placement can be categorized as intraoperative, ... Historically, tracheotomy is considered to be one of the most ancient ... Free with registration - Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - AccessMyLibrary.com

High court: Rehnquist may return to bench Monday   -  Mar 18, 2005
He underwent a tracheotomy in October to help him breathe. Rehnquist is the longest-serving current justice. He was appointed to the court in 1972 and ... CNN

… perforation in percutaneous dilational tracheotomy.(HEAD AND NECK ...   -  Sep 1, 2007
The patient was reintubated, and a standard operative tracheotomy was performed ... Tracheotomy is one of the oldest surgical operations in medical history, ... Free with registration - Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - AccessMyLibrary.com

JAMIE AFRO XTRA LUCKY TO BE ALIVE   -  Oct 16, 2009
Or doctors would have had to cut a hole in his throat for a tracheotomy and that would have ruined his singing voice." ... Mirror.co.uk

Obstructive Sleep Apnea Surgery: Tracheotomy   -  Mar 17, 2008
We spoke extensively about the surgical treatment options for OSA in our last blog. I wanted to hit upon one last type of surgery and complete a discussion ... HealthCentral.com

Healing for 'the walker' proving to be a long road He is still in...   -  Dec 8, 2007
...can't chew or swallow food on own I li> tracheotomy tube was removed Friday. He's had pneumonia twice, multiple surgeries, and now he's battling a staph ... St. Petersburg Times - Google News Archive

Pope has to learn to talk again   -  Mar 1, 2005
The Vatican announced on Monday that the 84-year-old pontiff, who underwent a tracheotomy at Rome's Gemelli hospital last Thursday, had begun an hour a day ... News24

Blood--but not bleeding--at a tracheotomy site: a case of Munchausen's...   -  Oct 1, 2006
Munchausen's syndrome is a factitious illness in which patients fabricate medical problems in order to receive medical attention. ... Free with registration - Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - AccessMyLibrary.com

Tracheotomy.(Adult Health Advisor 2007)   -  May 31, 2007
A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in your neck and windpipe (trachea). A tube is then placed in the opening to keep it open. ... $4.95 - Clinical Reference Systems - ECNext

Singer Brian Harvey has throat op   -  Jun 9, 2005
Harvey had a tracheotomy on Wednesday to help him breathe and drain fluid from ... Mr Harrison said the tracheotomy was "more precautionary than emergency". ... BBC News

Vajpayee undergoes health check-up at AIIMS   -  Mar 21, 2009
...where doctors found him suffering from respiratory tract infection. Doctors later conducted tracheotomy on February 13 to ease his respiration process. Oneindia

New Orleans Colleges Look For Doctors Perform Tracheotomy On …   -  Jan 16, 2006
NEW ORLEANS — By tradition, every Friday the sisters of Delta Sigma Theta circle around a cam pus flagpole and join hands to pray and sing, ... Beaufort Gazette - Google News Archive

Hit-and-run victim 'near death' - husband   -  Oct 2, 2008
Melissa Rowthorne, 41, of Matakana, north of Auckland is in Auckland City Hospital with a fractured vertebra, fractured skull, a tracheotomy. and severe ... Stuff.co.nz

Pope writing notes after tracheotomy .   -  Feb 21, 2005
By BRIAN MURPHY AP Writer . VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul munched on cookies Fri day, and jotted messages to an about his condition as he re covered from ... The Item - Google News Archive

Tracheotomy may cut risk of ventilator-associated pneumonia   -  Sep 3, 2007
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - In patients on a ventilator for longer than 1 week, creation of a tracheotomy may reduce the risk of ventilator-associated ... news Stories

Dallas Morning News | News for Dallas, Texas | Texas/Southwest   -  Jun 15, 2006
He had a tracheotomy after his premature birth. A judge had been set to decide Friday whether to grant a temporary injunction to stop Children's from ... Dallas Morning News

Tracheotomy Information   -  Mar 27, 2008
A tracheotomy is an operation by which an opening is made into the windpipe and a tube inserted in order to provide air. Find out more about it here. ... Buzzle

HELP FOR KIDS WITH SPECIAL NEEDS ; CHILD ADVOCATE SEEKS …   -  Mar 2, 2007
Her son requires 24-hour nursing care, breathes on a ventilator and needs tracheotomy care. "I'll be honest with you and say, on behalf of these families, ... Pay-Per-View - Hartford Courant - ProQuest Archiver

Region & State; OC Nursing Facility Gets State's Severest Citation in...   -  Jan 14, 2005
...$75000 and reprimanded because the state said a respiratory therapist botched the replacement of a tracheotomy tube, killing a 45-year- old patient. ... Pay-Per-View - Los Angeles Times - ProQuest Archiver

Tracheotomy.(surgery to create opening in the neck)   -  May 24, 2006
A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in your neck and windpipe (trachea). A tube is then placed in the opening to keep it open. ... $4.95 - Clinical Reference Systems - ECNext

Tracheotomy often used to restore breathing   -  Feb 25, 2005
A tracheotomy is a procedure that is commonly done when severely ill people have problems breathing, said Joseph Spiegel, an otolaryngologist at Thomas ... $2.95 - Philadelphia Inquirer - NewsBank

Quebec cardinal asks Canadians to pray for Pope   -  Feb 25, 2005
None of the three is considered among the frontrunners to replace the 84-year-old Pope, who underwent a tracheotomy operation Thursday to ease his breathing ... CTV.ca

Gouverne v. Care Risk Retention Group, Inc., No. 2-07-206 (SDTex....   -  May 13, 2008
Plaintiff attempted an emergency tracheotomy. Blood obstructed Harned's throat and Plaintiff cut down with a scalpel, mistaking her vertebrae for her ... $2.95 - U.S. District Court, Southern District... - VersusLaw

Tracheotomy.(Adult Health Advisor 2006)   -  Nov 1, 2006
A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that creates an opening in your neck and windpipe (trachea). A tube is then placed in the opening to keep it open. ... $4.95 - Clinical Reference Systems - ECNext

Parents claim doctors didn't provide adequate tracheotomy instruction   -  Jun 8, 2009
The special administrator of a deceased infant's estate has filed a suit against a children's hospital and a university, alleging doctors did not properly ... Madison County Record

… perforation in percutaneous dilational tracheotomy.(HEAD AND NECK ...   -  Sep 1, 2007
The patient was reintubated, and a standard operative tracheotomy was performed ... Tracheotomy is one of the oldest surgical operations in medical history, ... $4.95 - Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - ECNext

Article: Pope 'serene' after sudden surgery Tracheotomy leaves...   -  Feb 25, 2005
Pope 'serene' after sudden surgery Tracheotomy leaves pontiff on respirator, unable to speak ... find Chicago Sun-Times articles. VATICAN CITY -- Pope John ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Sun-Times - HighBeam Research

Rehnquist Taken to Hospital for Breathing Tube Issue, Released   -  Mar 28, 2005
Doctors inserted a tracheotomy tube in October when he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer. The chief justice also has undergone radiation therapy and ... Bloomberg

Roofing company blamed for worker's fall and tracheotomy   -  Jul 24, 2009
A man and his wife blame a roofing company for causing the man to sustain a tracheotomy after he fell off a ladder the company allegedly failed to secure to ... St. Clair Record

LEXI ANTORINO: For a fragile little girl, hope lies somewhere between...   -  Nov 16, 2008
...and lubricate. Suction the phlegm froi her mouth, brush her teeth, and sui tion away the toothpaste broth. Clear the tracheotomy tube. Mai sure it's dry, ... Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive

… status, and swallowing in patients with a tracheotomy tube: a...   -  Dec 1, 2006
We also found that patients with a tracheotomy tube had higher secretion ... Reports in the literature on the effects of tracheotomy tube occlusion on a ... Free with registration - Ear, Nose and Throat Journal - AccessMyLibrary.com

Early Physicians Suspicious of the Tracheotomy   -  Feb 28, 2005
The tracheotomy, performed on Pope John Paul II, is an incision made into the windpipe, or trachea, through the front of a person's neck. ... Medical News Today - Medical News Today (press release)

Pope rushed to hospital; undergoes tracheotomy .   -  Feb 25, 2005
Vatican spokesman Joaquin navarro-valls said the tracheotomy lasted 30 minutes ... But the tracheotomy may re quire a longer hospital stay and have serious ... Reading Eagle - Google News Archive

Sick Whiteley very frail   -  Jun 2, 2005
Worried surgeons even performed a tracheotomy as they were so concerned over his breathing. Pals say Whiteley ? who also suffers from diabetes and asthma ... The Sun

E17 singer Harvey has throat op   -  Jun 10, 2005
Singer Brian Harvey has had a tracheotomy to help him breathe as he continues to fight for life. The former East 17 star was last night still in a ... Daily Mail

Family of 4-year-old with failed kidneys plans event to benefit other...   -  Nov 16, 2005
After numerous surgeries and procedures, Maya now has a feeding tube and a permanent tracheotomy. She also undergoes 11 hours of dialysis every night as she ... $2.95 - Kansas City Star - NewsBank

Pope undergoes tracheotomy; Pontiff rushed to the hospital amid...   -  Feb 25, 2005
Pope undergoes tracheotomy; Pontiff rushed to the hospital amid relapse from influenza.(WORLD) ... find The Washington Times articles. Pay-Per-View - Washington Times - HighBeam Research

Article: Plucky, knife-wielding doc rescues choking victim   -  Nov 9, 2006
The family practice physician had never done a tracheotomy, though he had seen a couple. ... He performed the tracheotomy, and Pat Rohrer survived. ... Pay-Per-View - Chicago Sun-Times - HighBeam Research

… Treatments Lead Omaha Man to Perform Emergency Tracheotomy on …   -  Sep 24, 2008
...(NaturalNews) A man had no choice but to perform an emergency tracheotomy on himself with a steak knife when an allergic reaction caused his ... Natural News.com

Toomey Undergoes Tracheotomy   -  Dec 7, 2007
...by Jamie Burch. The Satsuma High School Football player was paralyzed last month in a car crash. He's undergoing treatment at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta ... WKRG-TV

Aspiration; Presence of tracheotomy tube or decannulation does not...   -  Oct 25, 2005
2005 OCT 25 - (NewsRx.com) -- Neither the presence of a tracheotomy tube nor decannulation affect the aspiration status in early, postsurgical head and neck ... Pay-Per-View - Cancer Weekly - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Pope John Paul II Undergoes Tracheotomy; Martha Stewart Gets Ready …   -  Feb 24, 2005
He had a 30- minute operation, doctors performing a tracheotomy, cutting a hole ... Sanjay, how common is it for someone with the flu to get a tracheotomy? ... Free with registration - International Wire - AccessMyLibrary.com

Aspiration; Presence of tracheotomy tube or decannulation does not...   -  Oct 24, 2005
2005 OCT 24 - (NewsRx.com) -- Neither the presence of a tracheotomy tube nor decannulation affect the aspiration status in early, postsurgical head and neck ... Pay-Per-View - Health & Medicine Week - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Aspiration; Presence of tracheotomy tube or decannulation does not...   -  Oct 30, 2005
2005 OCT 30 - (NewsRx.com) -- Neither the presence of a tracheotomy tube nor decannulation affect the aspiration status in early, postsurgical head and neck ... Pay-Per-View - Medical Devices & Surgical Technology... - Factiva, from Dow Jones

Tracheotomy saves woman's life after wasp sting   -  Aug 24, 2009
By William Green. A Lower Austrian woman's life was saved when a doctor performed a tracheotomy on her after a wasp had stung her in the throat. ... Austrian Times

… taught how to care for infants with tracheotomy Family nurse...   -  Nov 15, 2005
When Elisabeth Garofalo learned her 3-month-old daughter needed to have a tracheotomy, she was petrified. "It was very upsetting to me," said Garofalo, ... $2.00 - Daily Gazette - NewsBank

Pope Undergoes Tracheotomy - Part 4.   -  Feb 24, 2005
REV. J. BRIAN HEHIR, HARVARD UNIVERSITY: Well, I think it's multidimensional. As a priest of the church, I pray for him, of course, and pray for the life of ... Free with registration - America's Intelligence Wire - AccessMyLibrary.com

Begnaud strength increasing since tracheotomy   -  Jul 19, 2006
BY CHRIS LANDRY The Daily Iberian. ATLANTA — Since having a temporary tracheotomy performed last Thursday to help him breathe more easily and enable doctors ... Daily Iberian

Rehnquist returns to bench .   -  Mar 29, 2005
Rehnquist, was taken by ambulance Sunday to Arlington Hospital in suburban Virginia after developing a problem with the tracheotomy tube that helps him ... Herald-Journal - Google News Archive

Pope writing notes after tracheotomy   -  Feb 26, 2005
The most common uses for a tracheotomy are to ensure that better quality air reaches ... The next major health deci sion could involve the tracheotomy tube. ... Park City Daily News - Google News Archive

Pope Writing Notes After Being Made Silent By Tracheotomy .   -  Feb 25, 2005
The most common uses for a tracheotomy are to ensure that better quality air reaches ... The next major health decision could involve the tracheotomy rube. ... Lodi News-Sentinel - Google News Archive

Navy corpsman to get Bronze Star   -  Feb 9, 2005
Slaughter's heroics include pulling Marines from flaming trucks, performing a tracheotomy in the field and evacuating troops under fire. ... Pay-Per-View - San Diego Union - Tribune - ProQuest Archiver

Tracheotomy.(A PICTORIAL HISTORY OF HEALING)   -  Jun 1, 2005
Surgery always seems to benefit from warfare. Each war s new weapons create new types of wounds and produce massive casualties, which enable surgeons to ... $4.95 - Clinician Reviews - ECNext

EBSCOhost Connection: Tracheotomy.   -  Jan 1, 2005
Tracheotomy: This article focuses on a study related to tracheotomy. The surgical creation of an opening into the windpipe to bypass obstructions that are ... Subscription - Tracheotomy - EBSCO Publishing

Feeding By Tube Is Common with Tracheotomy   -  Mar 30, 2005
By Peggy Peck, Senior Editor, MedPage Today. CLEVELAND, March 30-Surgery or a major infection often leaves patients without an appetite or with difficulty ... MedPage Today

What is a Tracheotomy? - KLFY TV 10 - Acadiana's Local News, Weather ...   -  Feb 24, 2005
Entertainment News from AP. Entertainment News from AP. The trachea -- or windpipe -- is the long tube that carries air to and from the lungs. A tracheotomy ... KLFY

Sharon Undergoes Tracheotomy .   -  Jan 16, 2006
Sharon undergoes tracheotomy . JERUSALEM Prime Minis— ter Ariel Sharon underwent a successful tracheotomy Sunday to help wean him off a respirator that has ... Gadsden Times - Google News Archive

… foal: upper airway endoscopy, tracheotomy, radiography and chem   -  Mar 1, 2006
In cases where there is severe stridor and upper airway obstruction, an emergency tracheotomy might be necessary. This might need to be done before you have ... Free with registration - DVM Newsmagazine - AccessMyLibrary.com



Background information on Tracheotomy [When available]

A tracheotomy or tracheostomy is a surgical procedure performed on the neck to open a direct airway through an incision in the trachea (the windpipe). (Technically, the former term, with the Greek root tom- meaning "to cut," refers to the procedure of cutting into the trachea, whereas the latter term, with the root stom- meaning "mouth," refers to the procedure of making a semipermanent or permanent opening. Tracheostomy can also refer to the result of the procedure, i.e. the opening itself.)

Indications for tracheostomy
    The indications for tracheostomy are:
    • Acute setting - maxillofacial injuries, large tumors of the head and neck, congenital tumors, e.g. branchial cyst, acute inflammation of head and neck, and
    • Chronic / elective setting - when there is need for long term mechanical ventilation and tracheal toilet, e.g. comatose patients, surgery to the head and neck.
    In emergent settings, in the context of failed endotracheal intubation or where intubation is contraindicated, cricothyrodotomy or mini-tracheostomy may be performed in preference to a tracheostomy..

    How a tracheostomy is performed
    1. Curvilinear skin incision along relaxed skin tension lines (RSTL) between sternal notch and cricoid cartilage
    2. Midline vertical incision dividing strap muscles
    3. Division of thyroid isthmus between ligatures
    4. Elevation of cricoid with cricoid hook
    5. Placement of tracheal incision. An inferior based flap or Bjork flap (through second and third tracheal rings) is commonly used. The flap is then sutured to the inferior skin margin. Alternatives include a vertical tracheal incision (pediatric) or excision of an ellipse of anterior tracheal wall.
    6. Insert tracheostomy tube (with concomitant withdrawal of endotracheal tube), inflate cuff, secure with tape around neck or stay sutures.
    7. Connect ventilator tubing
    You can also make a simple horizontal incision between tracheal rings (typically 2nd and 3rd) for the incision. Bjork flaps may produce more intratracheal granulation tissue at the site of the incisions, making it less favorable to some surgeons.

    Complications
    1. Immediate - pneumothorax or pneumomediastinum, tracheoesophageal fistula, injury to great vessels or recurrent laryngeal nerves, bleeding, e.g. from divided thyroid isthmus
    2. Early - secretions and mucus plugging, disloged tube, respiratory arrest and post obstructive pulmonary edema (when tracheostomy is performed in a patient with longstanding upper airway obstruction, and is dependant on hypoxia drive for respiration)
    3. Late - bleeding from tracheoinnominate fistula (can be torrential), tracheal stenosis (from ischemia induced by a cuffed tracheostomy tube)
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