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How Often Do You Suction A Child With A Trach At Home
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
Small catheters: Nurses use small plastic catheters inserted down endotracheal tubes to clear airways of secretions. ...Read more
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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