Percutaneous tracheotomy: Griggs technique

  • Sunny S. Park
    Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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  • David Goldenberg
    Address reprint requests and correspondence: David Goldenberg, MD, Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, H091, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, 500 University Drive, PO Box 850, Hershey, PA 17033-0850.
    Department of Surgery, Division of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Surgery, Penn State College of Medicine, Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania.
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      The Griggs percutaneous tracheotomy is a technique that is safe and cost effective, and can be done rapidly at the bedside. The Griggs percutaneous tracheotomy is unique in its utilization of a guidewire dilator forceps. The indications for Griggs percutaneous tracheotomy are identical to those used for open tracheotomy and include prolonged intubation, pulmonary toilet, and upper airway obstruction. Fiberscopic visualization has been promoted by some to potentially decrease complications. In this article, the indications, contraindications, technique, and complications of the Griggs method will be discussed.


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