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Timing of Tracheostomy in Pediatric Patients

Timing of Tracheostomy in Pediatric Patients

In children on mechanical ventilation, early tracheostomy may improve important medical outcomes. However, our data demonstrate the urgent need for high-quality, randomized controlled trials in the pediatric population.

Data were meta-analyzed using an inverse variance, random effects model. Continuous outcomes were calculated as mean differences with 95% CIs, and dichotomous outcomes were calculated as Mantel-Haenszel risk ratios with 95% CIs.

Studies in mechanically ventilated children that compared early with late tracheostomy were included.

November 27, 2019

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