Tracheostomy collar speeds ventilator weaning, study says

02/26/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

A study in JAMA found using a tracheostomy collar to help patients on a ventilator transition to unassisted breathing is a faster weaning process than gradual reductions in pressure support. Researchers said using a tracheostomy collar gives a "clear view of the patient's respiratory capabilities" while ventilator assistance may impede the ability to assess patient readiness.

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