PERCUTANEOUS DILATATION TRACHEOSTOMY: THE TECHNIQUE FROM THE ENT SURGEON'S PERSPECTIVE
The percutaneous dilatation tracheostomy (PDT) using the Seldinger technique was developed a few
decades ago and gained popularity. PDT has become a more convenient technique for intensive care
units (ICU) patients across the world. The present work aims to share our experience as ENT
surgeons in performing a percutaneous tracheostomy. A series of eight patients were included in the
study. ICU patients on mechanical ventilation more than 14 days were ideal candidates for PDT. The
invention of PDT had overcome many obstacles found in the surgical tracheostomy (ST) procedure.
PDT can be performed as a bedside procedure which saves both time and cost of operating theatres.
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