Tracheostomy Tube (02:30)
Airway patency maintenance is the most important care need; others include infection prevention, effective communication, and emotional support. The artificial airway is inserted into the trachea, bypassing the upper airway system. Carefully perform hand hygiene before and after patient care and wear protective equipment.
Inner Cannula Care (06:37)
Most tracheostomy tubes have an inner cannula that can be removed and is disposable; cleaning should occur every eight hours. Learn aseptic technique for cleaning the inner cannula.
Caring for the Stoma (02:17)
Learn aseptic technique for cleaning the stoma and surrounding skin. The area should be free of swelling, irritation, and other abnormalities. Look for blood, aspirant material, or a change in the color of discharge.
Changing Tracheostomy Ties (01:50)
Ties hold the faceplate in place to prevent the tracheostomy tube from dislodging. Learn aseptic technique for changing the ties and follow institutional policy for changing frequency.
Changing the Tracheostomy Tube (05:12)
Regular changing of the tracheostomy tube is a preventive care measure, but controversial. Learn aseptic technique for changing the tube.
Airway Cuff Management (05:58)
An artificial airway cuff creates a seal between the lungs and upper airway; use a soft cuff. Learn possible complications, ways to maintain accurate cuff pressure, how to avoid over inflation, and how to prevent complications.
Credits: Airway Care: Tracheostomy Care, Tube Change, and Artificial Airway Cuff Management (01:11)
Credits: Airway Care: Tracheostomy Care, Tube Change, and Artificial Airway Cuff Management
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