For patients that require prolonged mechanical ventilation, a tracheostomy can be placed either in the operating room as an open surgery, or more preferably at the bedside with a minimally invasive procedure in the intensive care unit by a percutaneous dilational technique under bronchoscopic guidance. This is a step-by-step tutorial for patient selection and procedure techniques.
Part of performing a bedside percutaneous tracheostomy is the procedural documentation. Given that this is a surgical procedure, the documentation should be more thorough than you may be accustomed to doing for an arterial line or central line. Here is a sample procedure note that can be adapted to your local practice.