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Tracheostomy & COVID-19

A tracheostomy is done when mechanical ventilation is expected to be prolonged. This procedure now brings about new challenges when managing patients with COVID-19.

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This fact sheet summarizes a case report 1, describing the peri-operative challenges posed by COVID-19 patients indicated for tracheostomies.

Credits: Content: James Koay; Design: Chia Yen Lek (Fact Sheet), Hong Ci & Minaali (Instagram Post) – SIGMUM Committee of 2021/2022


  1. Teah KM, Tsen SSY, Fong KK, et al. Perioperative challenges in managing a morbidly obese patient with COVID-19 undergoing an elective tracheostomy. BMJ Case Reports CP 2021;14:e243559.
  2. Yánez Benítez, C., Güemes, A., Aranda, J., Ribeiro, M., Ottolino, P., Di Saverio, S., Alexandrino, H., Ponchietti, L., Blas, J. L., International Cooperation Group on PPE and Emergency Surgery, Ramos, J. P., Rangelova, E., Muñoz, M., & Yánez, C., Sr (2020). Impact of Personal Protective Equipment on Surgical Performance During the COVID-19 Pandemic. World journal of surgery44(9), 2842–2847.



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