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A 40-year-old member asked:

can you tell me for those who have tracheostomy, is it save to use perfumes or after shaves?

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Dr. Robert Fietsam
Thoracic Surgery 35 years experience
Yes.: Just keep the perfume and liquids away from the opening so that it doesn't fall into the lungs.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Can a person with a tracheostomy drive a car?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Yes: Yes, a person with a tracheostomy can drive a car.
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A 25-year-old member asked:

What are the possible complications of living with a tracheostomy?

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Dr. Dennis Diaz
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 38 years experience
Keep trachs clean: The two most common issues with tracheostomies are infection around the stoma site and obstruction of the tracheostomy tube. Both of these can be minimized and prevented with good hygiene and cleaning practices.
A 48-year-old member asked:

Explain to me the procedure of a tracheostomy?

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Dr. Steven Harris
Plastic Surgery 37 years experience
Hole in trachea: This is a surgical procedure where an opening is made in the front of the neck into the trachea to make it easier and safer to help a patient breathe using a ventilator (breathing machine). Often, this comes after the patient has used a tube going in the mouth and into the trachea. A tracheostomy tube avoids the vocal cords and the easy-to-damage area below them, and so is safer long-term.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between a tracheostomy and a vent?

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Dr. Phil Zapanta
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 21 years experience
Hole vs machine: A tracheostomy is a hole in the neck that connects the trachea (windpipe) directly to the outside world. This is done for many reasons. A vent is short for a ventilator. This is used to assist a patient's breathing either in the operating room or in the intensive care unit. A ventilator is often connected to a tracheostomy.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What is the difference between closed and in-line suctioning of tracheostomy?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Same: In an effort to reduce infections in ventilated patients, the use of a closed or in- line suctioning system has been utilized. This reduces the chances of introducing bacteria either by the person suctioning or from the outside environment. The drawback is that the catheters used are usually plastic, and can cause tracheal irritation, injury, and bleeding. Softer rubber catheters are less traumati.

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