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If a person is on a ventilator, and does not have a trachea, how long do hospitals (namely icu's) allow this?
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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
6 doctors agree
In brief: Tracheotomy
I am assuming you are asking about a tracheotomy or tracheostomy.
If the person is expected to be on a ventilator long term or has been on the it long term (> 2 weeks) usually a "trach" is done. Sometimes, a trach is done initially if there are airway issues. A trach allows the person to be more comfortable, allows easier nursing care, and prevent future airway complications.

In brief: Tracheotomy
I am assuming you are asking about a tracheotomy or tracheostomy.
If the person is expected to be on a ventilator long term or has been on the it long term (> 2 weeks) usually a "trach" is done. Sometimes, a trach is done initially if there are airway issues. A trach allows the person to be more comfortable, allows easier nursing care, and prevent future airway complications.
Dr. Phil Zapanta
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Dr. Michael Taylor
Critical Care
3 doctors agree
In brief: Tracheostomy?
If a patient is on (or is anticipated to stay on) a ventilator for a prolonged period, then a tracheostomy may be recommended.
In most icus, two weeks is usually the time frame. Sometimes, it's apparent that a tracheostomy is needed after only a few days (patients with severe head injuries, for example); and sometimes it's ok to wait longer than two weeks.

In brief: Tracheostomy?
If a patient is on (or is anticipated to stay on) a ventilator for a prolonged period, then a tracheostomy may be recommended.
In most icus, two weeks is usually the time frame. Sometimes, it's apparent that a tracheostomy is needed after only a few days (patients with severe head injuries, for example); and sometimes it's ok to wait longer than two weeks.
Dr. Michael Taylor
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Dr. Ernest Block
Surgery - Trauma
2 doctors agree
In brief: No perfect answer
There is no established time limit.
One recent study showed benefit to early tracheostomy in patients who an intensivist identified as needing one eventually. An example would be a high quadripalegic.

In brief: No perfect answer
There is no established time limit.
One recent study showed benefit to early tracheostomy in patients who an intensivist identified as needing one eventually. An example would be a high quadripalegic.
Dr. Ernest Block
Dr. Ernest Block
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