Early tracheostomy in patients with cervical spine injury reduces morbidity and improves resource utilization

Muhammad Khan, Kartik Prabhakaran, Faisal Jehan, Patrice Anderson, Jorge Con, Gary Lombardo, Peter Rhee, Rifat Latifi

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Background: Aim of our study is to analyze the impact of Early Tracheostomy (ET) in patients with cervical-spine (C-spine) injuries. Methods: We analyzed seven-year (2010–2016) ACS-TQIP databank and included all non-TBI trauma patients diagnosed with c-spine injuries. Patients were stratified into two groups based on the timing of tracheostomy (Early; ≤7days: Late; >7days). Outcomes were complications, hospital and ICU stay. Regression analysis was performed. Results: We included 1139 patients. Mean age was 47 ± 12, median ISS was 18 [12–28], and median C-spine AIS was 4 [3–5]. 24.5% of the patients received ET. On regression analysis, patients who received ET had lower overall-complications (OR:0.57) and ventilator-associated pneumonia (OR:0.61). ET was associated with shorter duration of mechanical ventilation, and hospital and ICU stay. There was no difference in mortality rate. Conclusions: Early tracheostomy in patients with C-spine injuries was associated with lower rates of ventilator-associated-pneumonia, shorter duration of mechanical ventilation, and ICU and hospital stay.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)773-777
Number of pages5
JournalAmerican journal of surgery
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes


  • Cervical spine injury
  • Tracheostomy
  • Trauma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery

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