A tracheostomy or tracheotomy is a surgical procedure whereby an artificial airway is inserted into the windpipe (trachea). In ALS/MND they may be used as a short-term measure in the treatment of pulmonary infections such as pneumonia, or in the long-term in combination with a ventilator.
|Purpose||Patients||Patients with evaluations||Perceived Effectiveness|
|ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis)||21||2|
|Shortness of breath (dyspnea)||2||0||
- Can't tell
|6 months-1 year||1|
|2 years or more||7|