Tracheostomy patients on the ward: multiple benefits from a multidisciplinary team?

Crit Care. 2010;14(1):109. doi: 10.1186/cc8218. Epub 2010 Jan 29.


Patients requiring tracheostomies tend to have a longer length of stay due to their underlying disease. After a thorough literature search, Garrubba and colleagues found only three studies assessing the impact of multidisciplinary teams (MDTs) on tracheostomy patients on the ward. One consistent observation was the decreased time to decannulation after institution of MDT care when compared with historical controls. Although a large prospective randomized trial is desirable before MDT is recommended, many institutions may have already formed a team approach to provide coordinated care resulting in improved outcome and length of stay.

Publication types

  • Comment
  • Letter

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Length of Stay
  • Patient Care Team*
  • Tracheostomy*