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A guide to the selection of paediatric tracheostomy tubes

  • R. M. Irving (a1), N. S. Jones (a1), C. M. Bailey (a1) and J. Melville (a1)

Abstract

A large range of tracheostomy tube types and sizes are available for use in children. Regional preference, rather than individual patient assessment, tends to determine selection. We present a table designed to assist with appropriate size selection, and discuss the relative merits and shortcomings of the tubes currently available.

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MrR. M. Irving, F.R.C.S., Department of Otolaryngology, Addenbrooke's Hospital, Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 2QQ.

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A guide to the selection of paediatric tracheostomy tubes

  • R. M. Irving (a1), N. S. Jones (a1), C. M. Bailey (a1) and J. Melville (a1)

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