Tracheostomy Library

Basic Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy procedures, timing and benefits

Laryngectomy

A laryngectomy is very different from a tracheostomy procedure and is often confused which can lead to a preventable adverse event.

Tracheostomy Tubes

Components of a tracheostomy tube and differences including manufacturers, materials, and sizes.

Complications of Tracheostomy

There are immediate and late complications that can occur from the procedure itself and post-operatively. Physiological complications of a tracheostomy will also be discussed.

Tracheostomy Care

Proper tracheostomy care to help keep our patients safe. Emergency supplies, suctioning, stoma care, hydration/humification, cuff management and more.

Communication Options

Nonverbal and verbal communication options for patients with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation.

Swallowing Management

Individuals with tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation are a high risk population for aspiration and potential pneumonia.

Decannulation

A multidisciplinary team approach is recommended for removal of the tracheostomy tube.

Tracheostomy Resources

A list of resources related to critical care, respiratory, speech-language pathology, and patient educational resources.

Conferences

International Tracheostomy Symposium

October 11, 2019
Sydney, Australia

ASHA

November 21-23, 2019
Orlando, Florida

AARC

November 09-12, 2019
New Orleans, LA