COVIDTrach is an interdisciplinary contemporaneous audit of COVID-19 positive patients that undergo tracheostomy during the course of their illness in the UK.
The NHS is in a unique global position to pull together equivalent data across hospitals and specialties to answer some of the questions that are pertinent to our colleagues worldwide.
The COVIDTrach dataset will allow analysis of different methods of tracheostomy, indications and accepted parameters for tracheostomy, immediate complications related to the procedure, long term outcomes for these patients as well as the rates of COVID-19 infection in staff following tracheostomy.
This endeavour is supported by BAOMS as well as the major bodies that represent anaesthetists, ITU doctors, and all surgical specialties in the UK.
COVIDTrach is still relevant as we have entered the second phase of lockdown in the UK. You can still take part (see information below).
The aim of COVIDTrach is to establish the clinical outcome of patients diagnosed with COVID-19 who undergo tracheostomy to expedite ventilator weaning.
The full project protocol: COVIDTrach Protocol
Anonymised data input via a secured REDcap database held by NFORC – The National Facial, Oral and Oculoplastic Research Centre
Data input instructions
Patient identifiable information should be held locally and entered and saved in this format: Patient data/study identifier. This will allow future follow up data collection, this may be as part of a centrally run data analysis project with approval to access identifiable patient data.
There is an additional and identical audit link via ENT UK
Data governance and security has been approved by University College London (UCL). Data is held in a secure server by UCL. This project has a multidisciplinary steering committee
- COVIDTrach collaborative Br J Surg. 2020 Sep 17. doi: 10.1002/bjs.12020 COVIDTrach; the outcomes of mechanically ventilated COVID-19 patients undergoing tracheostomy in the UK: Interim Report PMID: 32940347 DOI: 10.1002/bjs.12020
- The second report for the COVIDTrach project, looking at the clinical outcome of >1600 UK patients that underwent tracheostomy following diagnosis of COVID-19. The report is currently held in medRxiv pre-print server ahead of publication to allow secure and speedy distribution of the findings, which are highly relevant now that we are into the second wave. medRxiv preprint doi
Consultant Head and Neck Surgeon (UCLH)