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No benefit from early tracheotomy in mechanically ventilated ICU patients?

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 04 June 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3582

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Previous evidence suggested early tracheotomy may save lives and shorten hospital stay for people who receive mechanical ventilation in an intensive care unit (ICU). But a recent open label trial from 72 UK hospitals does not confirm this.

A total of 909 patients participated. All were …

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