Open Tracheostomy

Please be advised that this video contains graphic footage of surgery.

This video demonstrates an open tracheostomy performed in a patient with neurological weakness leading to respiratory failure and prolonged need for intubation and ventilation.

Chapter Authors: Robert J. Macielak, M.D., Terence Zimmermann, M.D.
Series Editors: Andrew J. Goates, M.D., Matthew L. Carlson, M.D.

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