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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 19  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 85-86

Current consensus on the role of tracheostomy in management of burns


Department of ENT, GMERS Medical College, Sola, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India

Correspondence Address:
Neeraj Suri
Assistant Professor Department of ENT, GMERS Medical College, Sola Ahmedabad, Gujarat
India
Neeraj Suri
Assistant Professor Department of ENT, GMERS Medical College, Sola Ahmedabad, Gujarat
India
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Comprehensive airway management of the respiratory tract is crucial in the care of the burn patient especially in the presence of inhalation injury. Tracheostomy may be required either early or late in the post-burn period as an adjunct to the care of these patients. Its use has been controversial and there is no clear consensus on either the indications of or the correct timing of the procedure. However, tracheostomy still has a role in the management of acute burns to be performed in patients with specific indications, having clear cut benefits of improved patient comfort, role in management of patients with inhalational injury, and ease of maintenance of airway especially in patients likely to undergo repeated surgeries, the patients also requiring lesser doses of sedatives for maintenance.


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