J. Saullo*a (Dr), I. Carboni Bissoa (Dr), C. Lockharta (Dr), I. Fernandez Ceballosa (Dr), J. Cantosa (Dr), I. Huespea (Dr), M. Las Herasa (Dr)

a Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Capital Federal, ARGENTINA

* juan.saullo@hospitalitaliano.org.ar

Background: The optimal time to perform a tracheostomy ( TQT) in patients with COVID-19 has been the object of study but still remains in debate. The current study examined the hypothesis that patients with tracheostomy due to COVID-19 who made a Pressure support ventilation (PSV) before the TQT regardless of the day of the procedure present more mechanical ventilation free days (VFD´s) in relationship with patients who didn't. Materials and methods: A single-center analytical retrospective cohort study of critically ill adult patients with COVID-19 undergoing elective tracheostomy. Participants were recruited between March 15th of 2020 and June 6th of 2021. The main outcome was ventilator free days . Results: during the study period, 338 patients were admitted to the ICU for COVID-19, 244 required invasive mechanical ventilation, 107 underwent percutaneous tracheostomy. Patients who performed PSV prior to TQT had 20 VFD´s and a median of 36 days of mechanical ventilation (IQR 30-46.8) and patients who performed PSV after TQT had 18 VFD´s and 37 (IQR 30-46) days of mechanical ventilation. In the Fine and Gray analysis, the sHR of patients who underwent PSV after TQT was 1.05 (95% CI 0.66-1.69) and adjusted for confounders was 1.01 (95% CI 0.43-2.36). Conclusion : the PSV realization before the tracheostomy regardless of the day of the procedure, has no statistical significance in terms of mechanical ventilation free days in relationship with patients who didn't.

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