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A 27-year-old male asked:

why consider a tracheostomy if anticipated prolonged ventilatory support >2 wks? why not continue mechanical ventilation? how is nutrition addressed?

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Dr. Mark Lubienski
Thoracic Surgery 37 years experience
Comfort: Tracheostomy is more comfortable for patient and may allow better pulmonary clearing, and should be considered if prolonged vent necessary . Feeding may be via IV of via soft tube through nasal passage down into stomach or small bowel or can also place feeding tube percutaneously into stomach or small bowel through abdominal wall. Nutrition key to weaning off vent.

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