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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 79-83

Tracheostomy: A shift in paradigm from a simple bedside procedure to a potential source of spread of COVID-19

Department of ENT, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Sandeep Trehan
Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery, Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital, New Delhi.
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/EHP.EHP_17_21

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Introduction: Tracheostomy is defined as the creation of stoma at the skin surface that leads into the tracheal lumen. Tracheostomy in critically ill patients is usually performed in order to assist in weaning of prolonged ventilation. Objective: This article outlines the necessary changes to be adapted during the procedure of tracheostomy in the wake of COVID-19 pandemic. Methods: The methods suggested in the present study were obtained by performing a detailed observation of the many cases which were performed in a Tertiary Government Hospital in India. Results: The methods presented in this study were followed for every tracheostomy procedure performed since the emergence of COVID-19 pandemic. This resulted in reduced exposure to a great extent, the involved healthcare workers did not contact with COVID-19 infection. Conclusion: Modifications are necessary for the protection of healthcare workers in the absence of healthcare infrastructure like negative pressure/laminar flow operation theaters.

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