Of course, with my current learning curve there will always be somebody senior supervising but I am really thankful for the chance to do it in Sungai Buloh. I guess Sungai Buloh ICU may have the highest rate of percutaneous tracheostomy performed, but i may have to check my statistics.
"Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that is usually done in the operating room under general anesthesia. It ca also be done percutaneously by a simple Seldinger's technique with repeated dilatation. A tracheotomy is an incision into the trachea (windpipe) that forms a temporary or permanent opening which is called a tracheostomy. Sometimes the terms "tracheotomy" and "tracheostomy" are used interchangeably. The opening, or hole, is called a stoma. The incision is usually vertical in children and runs from the second to the fourth tracheal ring.
A tube is inserted through the opening to allow passage of air and removal of secretions. Instead of breathing through the nose and mouth, the patient will now breathe through the tracheostomy tube.
This is one skill I am trying to perfect it so that I am an expert.. and i guess, SUngai Buloh ICU can definitely provide me with that kind of intense training!! ENT surgeons!! I can do this too!!