Review Article

Tracheostomy and Tracheostomy Care During The COVID-19 Pandemic


  • Tolga ERSÖZLÜ
  • Erdoğan GÜLTEKİN

Received Date: 02.06.2020 Accepted Date: 27.07.2020 Nam Kem Med J 2020;8(3):551-556

Covid-19 pandemic is a global health problem that affects the whole world and can progress with asymptomatic or viral symptoms of pneumonia or cause severe acute respiratory failure. SARS-CoV-2 has spread much more widely and quickly than other viruses and has caused a significant number of life losses globally. Tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that is frequently performed by ENT and head & neck surgeons with various indications, and its implementation can facilitate weaning patients from mechanical ventilation, thereby potentially increasing the availability of beds in the intensive care unit (ICU). Since tracheostomy causes a large amount of aerosol formation, it is a serious risk process for the spread of covid-19 infection even if personal protective equipment (PPE) is used both during surgery and postoperative care. There is not enough experience on how to perform tracheotomy in Covid-19 patients. Therefore, the surgical procedure and indications for tracheostomy should be revised during the covid-19 pandemic process. We aim to provide authoritative guidance for healthcare providers and healthcare systems by synthesizing our experience with tracheostomy, available evidence, and information in the literature data during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Keywords: COVİD-19, pandemia, tracheostomy, tracheostomy care