Tracheostomy Library

Basic Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy procedures, timing and benefits


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

types of tracheostomy tubes

Tracheostomy Tubes

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

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Complications of Tracheostomy

There are immediate and late complications that can occur from the procedure itself and post-operatively.

Tracheostomy Care

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

Communication Tracheostomy

Communication Options

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

swallowing management for tracheostomy

Swallowing Management

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

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

pediatric tracheostomy tube

PedIatric tracheostomy

Pediatric tracheostomy considerations including the procedure and types of tubes.

COVID-19 Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation

COVID-19 Tracheostomy and Mechanical Ventilation

The 2019 novel corona virus COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in an increase in patients intubated and use of mechanical ventilation. The United States and globally, we are likely to see an increase in tracheostomy as well, as patients may have difficulty weaning and require longer periods of time on a vent. COVID-19 also has implications for healthcare workers, as there are shortages with workers becoming ill from the virus. Infection control is paramount in controlling the outbreak and protecting patients, healthcare workers and the community

Is Tracheostomy Permanent?

Is Tracheostomy Permanent?

Whether the tracheostomy is permanent or temporary depends on the initial indication for tracheostomy. Sometimes during placement, it is difficult to predict the amount of time one will require a tracheostomy tube.

Tracheostomy Tube Sizes and Comparison Tool

Tracheostomy Tube Sizes and Comparison Tool

Tracheostomy Sizes and Comparison Tool Compare different tracheostomy tube sizes for inner diameter, outer diameter, length and cuff NOTE: All Portex, Bivona, Uniperc, Tracoe, and Shiley Flexible Tracheostomy Tubes are ISO sizes.  All other Shiley

Cuffed versus Cuffless Tracheostomy Tubes

Cuffed versus Cuffless Tracheostomy Tubes

Cuffed versus cuffless tracheostomy. Explains the purpose of a cuffed tracheostomy and when to deflate the cuff or switch to a cuffless tracheostomy tube.


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