PMCCPMCCPMCC

Search tips
Search criteria 

Advanced

 
Logo of califmedLink to Publisher's site
 
Calif Med. Jan 1950; 72(1): 34–36.
PMCID: PMC1520308
TRACHEOTOMY IN BULBAR POLIOMYELITIS
Alden H. Miller and Leonard S. Buck
Abstract
Tracheotomy was performed on 181 of 351 patients with bulbar poliomyelitis. The essential indication for tracheotomy was secretional obstruction of the respiratory tract that could not be relieved by postural drainage and aspiration.
Comparison of mortality rates in this series with those of previous series in which tracheotomy was not done in the presence of similar indications, suggests that the procedure may be life-saving in a considerable percentage of cases.
Outside the respirator the tracheotomy can be done with or without the aid of the bronchoscope or endotracheal anesthesia tube. When done inside the opened respirator the Bennett flow-sensitive positive pressure machine should be used to supply oxygen to the patient while the respirator is not operating.
Full text
Full text is available as a scanned copy of the original print version. Get a printable copy (PDF file) of the complete article (631K), or click on a page image below to browse page by page.
 
 
Articles from California Medicine are provided here courtesy of
BMJ Group