Complications can occur if the tracheostomy tube cuff is not managed properly. Ensure proper cuff inflation by measuring cuff pressures with cuff manometry.
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Early mobilization is an important part of the rehabilitation process for individuals with tracheostomy in order to strengthen the patient and mobilize secretions.
Cough techniques can aid with secretion removal and eventual decannulation.
For secretion management issues, expiratory muscle strength training (EMST) has been shown to improve cough strength and swallowing.
Deflating the cuff of the tracheostomy tube has many benefits, but must be done with caution.
Although tracheostomy tube changes are relatively simple and easy procedures, it should only be changed by someone who is trained and competent to do so.
A tracheostomy tube bypasses the natural humidification and filtration system. Learn about active and passive humidification.
Stoma care is an important part of the standard of care for individuals with a tracheostomy to reduce the potential of infection.
Be prepared with emergency and basic equipment to prevent adverse events.
Suctioning is a standard of care to remove secretions from the airway for safety, patient comfort and infection control.