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High mortality rates trail tracheostomy patients

Key clinical point: The 1-year outcomes for adults undergoing tracheostomy are poor, with significantly higher mortality in older adults.

Major finding: The overall 1-year mortality rate after a tracheostomy was 46.5%.

Study details: The data come from a retrospective cohort study of 8,343 tracheostomies.

Disclosures: Dr. Mehta and several colleagues reported receiving funding from the National Institutes of Health. The researchers had no financial conflicts to disclose.


Mehta AB et al. Crit Care Med. 2019 Aug 8. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0000000000003959.