Clin Chest Med. 2003 Sep;24(3):431-5. doi: 10.1016/s0272-5231(03)00046-7.


Minitracheostomy is a safe bedside procedure that is a useful adjunct to facilitate secretion clearance in patients with sputum retention. It can also be used in a prophylactic fashion after operations in high-risk patients. Insertion requires a trained physician and an assistant. Complications are rare and are usually avoidable.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contraindications
  • Humans
  • Tracheostomy / adverse effects
  • Tracheostomy / instrumentation
  • Tracheostomy / methods*