Early mobilization is an important part of the rehabilitation process for individuals with tracheostomy in order to strengthen the patient and mobilize secretions.
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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.
A tracheostomy tube bypasses the natural humidification and filtration system. Learn about active and passive humidification.
Suctioning is a standard of care to remove secretions from the airway for safety, patient comfort and infection control.