Ultrasound-guided tracheostomy--not for the many, but perhaps the few... or the one

Crit Care. 2011 Apr 6;15(2):147. doi: 10.1186/cc10106.


Percutaneous tracheostomy has become a routine procedure in most intensive care units, and point of care ultrasound is becoming used with greater frequency to augment diagnosis and therapy for critically ill patients. The case series from Rajajee and colleagues incorporates 'real-time' ultrasound in an effort to improve the safety of percutaneous tracheostomy. While their report does not prove that ultrasound should be used prior to or during all percutaneous tracheostomies, it does reinforce several important safety considerations concerning the anatomy of the neck, and in particular the potential to encounter bleeding complications during these procedures.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Trachea / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tracheostomy / methods*
  • Ultrasonography, Interventional / methods*