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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.

Citation:

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