Maine Medical Center has been awarded $2.6 million by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study whether performing an early tracheostomy in severely ill stroke patients who require mechanical ventilation improves survival, recovery and the patient and family experience.
A tracheostomy is a temporary surgical airway that provides a more comfortable alternative for delivering oxygen to the lungs when a stroke patient's breathing has failed.
The research study will be led by Dr. David Seder, director of the medical center's neurocritical care team and a principal investigator at the Maine Medical Center Research Institute.
Seder and his collaborator, Dr. Julian Bösel, at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, will spearhead the project.
PCORI is an independent nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010. Its mission is to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers, and clinicians with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed healthcare decisions.
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