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Table 3 Late Complications

From: Comparison of two percutaneous tracheostomy techniques, guide wire dilating forceps and Ciaglia Blue Rhino: a sequential cohort study

Complication GWDF CBR P
  No. % No. %  
Surgical tracheostomy 6   2   
Lost to follow up 5   6   
Still cannulated 0   3   
Deceased 53   60   
Available for analysis 107   100   
No complications 86 80.2 73 73.0 NS
Minor Complications      
   Voice 9 8.5 22 22.0 <0.01
   Cosmetic problems 10 9.4 2 2.0 0.04
   Pain 0   2 2.0 NS
Total minor complications 19 17.9 26 26.0 NS
Major complications      
   Stridor 2 1.9 1 1.0 NS
  1. CBR, Ciaglia Blue Rhino; GWDF, guide wire dilating forceps; NS, not significant.