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Critical Care

Looking back to move forward


Percutaneous dilatational tracheostomy (PDT) is a procedure that has impacted millions of lives. But it didn’t happen overnight.

From a chance encounter with a physician inventor, to sales reps being laughed out of offices, it’s hard to believe that PDT at the bedside is commonplace today.

The first serial dilator that introduced PDT to medicine in 1986, which led to the Ciaglia Blue Rhino® Percutaneous Tracheostomy Introducer that revolutionized the procedure in 1996. It’s been a journey getting to this point.

As we look forward to the future of PDT, it’s important to remember where we started. As we began to look back at the history of Dr. Pat Ciaglia and the Blue Rhino, we discovered that there was much more to this story than we originally thought. So we created a web page digging into the unique history of this procedure and beloved physician.

Click here to check it out.