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Tracheostomy time-out: a new safety tool in the setting of COVID-19
  • Harish Dharmarajan, M.D.
Harish Dharmarajan, M.D.
University of Pittsburgh Medical Center,
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Abstract

Tracheostomy procedures have a high risk of aerosol generation. Airway providers have reflected on ways to mitigate the SARS-CoV-2 transmission risks when approaching a surgical airway. To standardize institutional safety measures with tracheostomy, we advocate using a dedicated tracheostomy time-out applicable to all patients including those suspected of having COVID-19. The aim of the tracheostomy time-out is to reduce preventable errors that may increase the risk of transmission of SARS-CoV-2.