In this trial of trach patients weaning from the ventilator, they were randomized to weaning via pressure support, or by unassisted breathing through the trach. Those randomized to unassisted breathing weaned much earlier than the pressure support group (15 versus 19 days) with no difference in mortality between the groups (abstract).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.