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What happens when water enters a tracheostomy?

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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Dr. James Sidman
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Tracheostomy (Definition)

A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure to create an alternate airway by making an opening ...Read more


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What are the differences between a crycothyrotomy and a tracheostomy?

What are the differences between a crycothyrotomy and a tracheostomy?

Which part opened: to create air way. In emergency air way is created quickly by opening between thyroid and cricoid cartilages but in they tracheotomy area is dissected opening is made below second tracheal cartilage , takes more time need more skills but safe from developing tracheal stenosis. ...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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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