International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group (IPOG) management recommendations: Pediatric tracheostomy decannulation

Aimee Kennedy, Catherine K. Hart, Alessandro de Alarcon, Karthik Balakrishnan, An Bowudewyns, Robert Chun, Pierre Fayoux, Steven L. Goudy, Christopher Hartnick, Wei Chung Hsu, Romaine F. Johnson, Michael Kuo, Shazia Peer, Seth M. Pransky, Reza Rahbar, Scott Rickert, Soham Roy, John Russell, Kishore Sandu, Douglas R. SidellRichard J. Smith, Marlene Soma, Jorge Spratley, Briac Thierry, Dana M. Thompson, Marilena Trozzi, Karen Watters, David R. White, Michelle Wyatt, George H. Zalzal, Carlton J. Zdanksi, Karen B. Zur, Michael J. Rutter

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Objectives: To provide recommendations to otolaryngologists, pulmonologists, and allied clinicians for tracheostomy decannulation in pediatric patients. Methods: An iterative questionnaire was used to establish expert recommendations by the members of the International Pediatric Otolaryngology Group. Results: Twenty-six members completed the survey. Recommendations address patient criteria for decannulation readiness, airway evaluation prior to decannulation, decannulation protocol, and follow-up after both successful and failed decannulation. Conclusion: Tracheostomy decannulation recommendations are aimed at improving patient-centered care, quality and safety in children with tracheostomies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number110565
JournalInternational Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology
StatePublished - Feb 2021


  • Decannulation
  • Tracheostomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Otorhinolaryngology


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