Percutaneous Tracheostomy Technique

Percutaneous Tracheostomy

Introduction of tracheal needle

Placement of guide wire

Insertion of guiding catheter

Serial dilation

Placement of tracheostomy tube

Source:  SIMS Portex Inc.

Percutaneous tracheostomy in not indicated for gaining access to the airway in emergency situations and should not be confused with cricothyroid puncture.  The procedure is most commonly performed at the beside in the intensive care unit with the patient sedated and fully monitored.