Low Pressure Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube
Let’s take the opportunity then to have a look at the Low Pressure Cuffed Tracheostomy Tube. This is a curved plastic tube that is inserted into an incision (stoma) in the front of the neck made by a surgeon. This procedure, called a tracheotomy, is performed to bypass an upper airway obstruction or to provide long-term mechanical ventilator support.
· Protects delicate tissue with a cylindrical cuff.
· Made with top-quality, compliant material.
· Inner cannula with integral 15mm twist-lock connector.
· Smooth, rounded-tip obturator.
A tracheotomy allows the patient to leave the hospital and go about their daily lives while at the same time being able to breathe better.
When you have a tracheostomy tube, air goes straight into the windpipe and is thus not filtered, warmed, or moistened through the nose and mouth. However, proper equipment and care can help to offset this and other changes.
Only people who have been trained by a healthcare practitioner should perform tracheostomy tube care. Ask questions and take notes during these training sessions at the hospital and practice as much as possible with your doctor. Otherwise, you may have to rely on a caregiver (who should know CPR for tracheostomy patients). Keep additional tracheostomy tubes handy in case of an emergency. Do not place the tube anywhere the temperature is higher than 120 F. Avoid over-inflating the cuff, which can damage the windpipe and cause the cuff to prolong beyond the end of the tube and obstruct air flow. Watch out for signs of infection (red, inflamed skin at stoma; foul-smelling mucus; bright red blood in mucus). Do not force the tube or the inner cannula if you can’t remove them; instead, call your doctor.
Additionally, avoid dust, mold, and tobacco and other kinds of smoke, as well as fumes from cleaning solutions like ammonia and bleach. Use aerosol products (e.g. hairspray, furniture polish) carefully so as to not inhale the mist. Other than a protective scarf, keep clothing away from the tube – especially turtle necks and clothes that shed fibers or lint. A tracheostomy tube should not be used for more than 29 days before it is replaced; do not try to re-sterilize it or clean it in boiling water. Follow your doctor’s instructions at all times.