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Timing of tracheostomy in adult patients: Conclusions may be premature

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7513.404-a (Published 11 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:404
  1. Marcus J Schultz, director of research (m.j.schultz@amc.uva.nl),
  2. Denise P Veelo, resident anaesthesiologist,
  3. Peter E Spronk, internist-intensivist
  1. Department of Intensive Care, Academic Medical Centre, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AX Amsterdam, Netherlands
  2. Department of Intensive Care, Academic Medical Centre, Meibergdreef 9, 1105 AX Amsterdam, Netherlands
  3. Gelre Hospital, Lokation Lukas, Albert Schweitzerlaan31, 7334 DZ Apeldoorn, Netherlands

    EDITOR—Griffiths et al critically appraised all randomised clinical trials into the timing of tracheostomy in adult patients in intensive care units.1 Of the identified trials, most were excluded for several reasons, leaving only five trials with a combined study population of 406 patients for review and meta-analysis. The overall results showed that length of stay in intensive care and duration of artificial ventilation was significantly lower …

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