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Table 4 Propensity-weighted outcomes for timing of tracheostomy (excluding those who died on comfort care)

From: Early versus late tracheostomy after decompressive craniectomy for stroke

  Early Late p value
Mortality 9.1% 3.1% 0.780
VAP 36.4% 37.5% 0.652
Duration of ventilation, mean days (SD) 5.5 (3.4) 15.2 (6.7) < 0.001
ICU stay, mean days (SD) 20.2 (10.2) 32.0 (28.4) 0.153
Hospital stay, mean days (SD) 31.3 (11.7) 45.3 (33.8) 0.075
Discharge location
 Home/rehabilitation 40.0% 29.0% 0.192
 Skilled nursing facility/LTAC 60.0% 71.0%