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What are possible complications of having a tracheostomy tube?

What are possible complications of having a tracheostomy tube?

Infection / bleeding: Tracheostomy tubes are not suggested without a very good reason (usually because the patient cannot breathe without a machine and won't recover that ability for some time). Like all artificial openings into the body, they can let germs in resulting in infection of the tube site or of the lungs. Very rarely, the tube can rub a hole into the neck blood vessels and major bleeding can result. ...Read more

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Tracheostomy (Definition)

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What are the possible complications of living with a tracheostomy?

What are the possible complications of living with a tracheostomy?

Many: The tracheostomy can have many problems, they can fall out, have granulumos, get infected, erode the airway cartilage, etc. But, if cared for appropriately by the patient and placed appropriately by the surgeon, they are very easy to handle. If one needs one they shouldnt let the potential problems dissuade them. They are live saving. ...Read more

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Is dr any use of usin tracheostomy if d person is unconscious for 7 dys on ventilatn n has anoxal injury? Help

Is dr any use of usin tracheostomy if d person is unconscious for 7 dys on ventilatn n has anoxal injury? Help

Yes: Anoxic or hypoxic brain injury may lead to prolongued mechanical ventillatory support. Usually patients in that situation require a tracheostomy and a percutaneous gastrostomy tube.The tracheostomy tybe is shorter than the oro or nasotracheal tube, therefore less work of breathing, and it does not erode the vocal cords if the person is expected to ever talk again. ...Read more

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What do you have to do to take care of a tracheostomy?

What do you have to do to take care of a tracheostomy?

Keep it clean: Keep the area where the tube meets the skin clean, at times suctioning may be needed. Have the tube changed every 4 to 6 weeks. Watch for signs of infection. ...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's tracheostomy care for little children?

What's tracheostomy care for little children?

A few things: Trach tubes for children don't have inner cannulas, so the whole trach tube needs to be taken out and cleaned periodically. I recommend at least every 2 weeks and more often if needed. You need to have training, suction, spare tubes, etc to care for a child with a trach. It is a little more complicated if the child is also on a 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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What is the difference between a tracheostomy and a vent?

What is the difference between a tracheostomy and a vent?

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. ...Read more

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Why might a patient be unable to eat after a tracheostomy?

Dysphagia: Frequently a tracheostomy is performed to protect the air way in patients that do not recover full consciousness following a stroke or other severe neurological insult to the brain and in that case the process of swallowing is also impaired. The tracheostomy will serve to prevent aspiration of saliva and other secretions into the lungs but will not normalize swallowing in this instace. ...Read more

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As a woman, how can I feel ok about my sexuality after a tracheostomy?

As a woman, how can I feel ok about my sexuality after a tracheostomy?

Tough one: This is difficult as you need to be partnered with someone who can see past your trach and into your heart. If medically allowable, try wearing a cap or valve that will allow you to speak and avoid air exiting your trach. The most important thing to do is to not make a big deal out of it, yourself, and talk with you partner openly about his/her concerns. ...Read more

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Could coming off ventilator onto tracheostomy mean shes getting better?

Tracheostomy : Oftentimes, you're correct; however, you should discuss the exact circumstances and prognosis with the healthcare team. ...Read more

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I recently had a tracheostomy. I now have cipd. Is it ok for me to fly ?

Check with your MD: You mean chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) ? . In general people who had surgery for cancer of Larynx travel freely like any one , in your case due your lung condition your doctor may not allow you with out additional medical help ( air ambulance ) Speak to your doctor before you undertake air travel . ...Read more

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Can you suggest any alternatives to tracheostomy for 15 month old please?

Not enough detail?: Not enough detail to answer this question. Must be a complex situation and I hope you are at a top children's center to treat your baby. Adding in more history as to the baby's illness may help us give you advice. ...Read more