Table 1

Profiles of the four participating sites. (a) Dedicated Head & Neck surgery on call service 24/7. (b) Baseline pre-project estimates of tracheostomy numbers.

BedsCritical Care BedsOn-site Head & Neck surgeryCritical Care OutreachEstimated new tracheostomies per yearbIn-patients with tracheostomy during the study
ICUHDU
Site 19502318Yes (Mon-Sun)aYes200225
Site 280078Yes (Mon-Fri)No5043
Site 340034NoYes1016
Site 450062Yes (Mon-Fri)Yes2012