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Table 1 Perioperative complications of Ciaglia Blue Rhino

From: Complications of percutaneous dilating tracheostomy

Complication n %
No complications 121 94.5
Minor complications   
   Bleeding 5 3.9
   Subcutaneous emphysema 0 0
   Air leakage cuff 0 0
   Puncture endotracheal tube 0 0
   Puncture posterior tracheal wall 0 0
   Accidental detubation 0 0
   Hypotension 1 0.8
Major complications   
   Bleeding 0 0
   Fausse route 0 0
   Oesophageal perforation 0 0
   Pneumothorax 0 0
Conversion to surgical procedure1 1 0.8
  1. 1In one patient the percutaneous tracheostomy was converted into a surgical procedure, because of an overlying thyroid gland.