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Prophylactic tracheostomy in aged and poor risk general surgical patients

Starzl, TE and Meyer, WH and Farrell, JJ (1959) Prophylactic tracheostomy in aged and poor risk general surgical patients. Journal of the American Medical Association, 169 (7). 691 - 695. ISSN 0002-9955

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Abstract

The most common postoperative complications are those involving respiration, and they are especially dangerous to patients classified as poor risks because of age or other handicaps. Among the 11 patients whose histories are given, some who were nearly moribund from respiratory difficulties were saved by tracheostomy; others made good recoveries from major surgery under conditions that would have been hopeless without the help afforded by prophylactic tracheostomy. If this possibility is foreseen, an orderly procedure can be carried out in the operating room instead of desperate measures on the ward. Scrupulous care of the tracheostomy is essential; this includes aseptic precautions, humidification of the inhaled air or oxygen, and the systematic but gentle use of suction to aspirate accumulating mucus. © 1959, American Medical Association. All rights reserved.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Starzl, TEtes11@pitt.eduTES11
Meyer, WH
Farrell, JJ
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute
Date: 14 February 1959
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of the American Medical Association
Volume: 169
Number: 7
Page Range: 691 - 695
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1001/jama.1959.03000240029007
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0002-9955
Other ID: uls-drl:31735062123330, Starzl CV No. 15
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 16:58
Last Modified: 30 Oct 2017 23:56
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/3401

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