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Table 4 Complications in the overall study population and in the obese and non-obese subgroups

From: Ultrasound-guided percutaneous tracheostomy in critically ill obese patients

  Global population
(n = 50)
Obese
(n = 26)
Non-obese
(n = 24)
P value
No complications 33 (66%) 17 (65%) 16 (71%) 0.92
Minor complications     
   Hypotension 3 (6%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 0.6
   Desaturation: SpO2 < 90% 3 (6%) 1 (4%) 2 (8%) 0.6
   Tracheal cuff puncture 6 (12%) 2 (8%) 4 (16%) 0.41
   Multiple puncture 2 (4%) 0 2 (8%) 0.22
   Bleeding less than 5 mL 3 (6%) 1(4%) 2 (8%) 0.6
   Fractured tracheal ring 2 (4%) 1 (4%) 1 (4%) 1
   Atelectasis 1 (2%) 1 (4%) 0 1
Intermediate complications     
   Granuloma 2 (4%) 2 (8%) 0 0.5
Major complications     
   Cutaneous infection 1 (2%) 0 1 (4%) 1
   Surgical conversion 0 0 0  
   Death 0 0 0  
No complications 17 (34%) 9 (35%) 8 (33%) 0.92
  1. Values are expressed as the number (percentage). SpO2, oxygen saturation as measured by pulse oximetry.