A rapid bail-out technique for reinsertion of a displaced tracheostomy tube in difficult situations

Interact Cardiovasc Thorac Surg. 2008 Dec;7(6):1170-1. doi: 10.1510/icvts.2007.173781. Epub 2008 Aug 4.


Safe and rapid repositioning of a displaced tracheostomy tube is vital to protect the airway and to avoid a potentially life threatening situation. This article describes a simple bail-out technique to avert prolonged airway compromise. This is particularly useful in patients with obesity, large goitre or maxillofacial injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Chest Tubes*
  • Dilatation / instrumentation
  • Equipment Failure
  • Female
  • Goiter, Nodular / complications*
  • Humans
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / adverse effects
  • Intubation, Intratracheal / instrumentation*
  • Respiration, Artificial*
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / complications
  • Respiratory Insufficiency / therapy*
  • Tracheostomy / adverse effects
  • Tracheostomy / instrumentation*