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

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

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. ...Read more

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What could you do if no secretions were obtained when you suctioned a tracheostomy?

Double check: Make sure suction working properly and catheter going where it is supposed to. Also if patient is dehydrated secretions may become tenacious and or minimal. May then want to consider nebulising with saline to loosen secretions then attempt auctioning again. ...Read more

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What is the main purpose of trachea suctioning?

What is the main purpose of trachea suctioning?

Keep clear airways: It is simply to keep the airways clear for breathing, and to prevent aspiration. ...Read more

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What nursing management is done for endotracheal/tracheal suctioning?

What nursing management is done for endotracheal/tracheal suctioning?

Small catheters: Nurses use small plastic catheters inserted down endotracheal tubes to clear airways of secretions. ...Read more

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Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Is the tracheostomy a risky thing to do?

Depends on airway: If securing the airway is difficult, due to mass or severe airway alteration, then it can be quite dangerous and need to be done emergently or without general anesthesia. If already intubated or with straightforward anatomy, shouldn't be a problem. Surgical risks include bleeding, infection, damage to neck structures. ...Read more

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Explain to me the procedure of a tracheostomy?

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. ...Read more

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What would be a reason to do a tracheostomy?

Varies: Mechanical obstruction of the airway is one (e.g. Tumor, swelling). The other common one is patients on long term ventilator support (respirator) who may benefit from better clearing of secretions and earlier liberation from the ventilator. ...Read more

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What happens when water enters a tracheostomy?

Coughing: It is the same as if water just "goes down the wrong way." the patient will cough and clear the water. ...Read more

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How is cpr done for someone with a tracheostomy?

Much easier : Previous CPR requires chest compression and breathing for the patient. While breathing is still important, the emphasis now is on chest compression. Having tracheostomy diminishes the need for actually breathing for the patient as chest compression achieves the same with positive and negative airflow that come with compression. ...Read more

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How many years can one sleep in 2-3hr intervals, up to 6hrs total/nite, before signific health risk? Even with occas nurse help, sleep is same (trachs

How many years can one sleep in 2-3hr intervals, up to 6hrs total/nite, before signific health risk? Even with occas nurse help, sleep is same (trachs

Forever?: It is very likely that some people are naturally "biphasic" sleepers, meaning that they naturally sleep best in two separate segments. History shows that humans largely slept this way until the advent of electricity, and some cultures still sleep this way. My advice is to listen to your body. Whichever type of sleep you function best off of is the best for you. ...Read more

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