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
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 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