Tracheostomy Care


What is tracheostomy care? Tracheostomy (trach) care is done to ensure your trach tube and the area around it stays clean. This helps prevent a clogged tube and decreases the risk of infection. Trach care includes suctioning and cleaning your skin and parts of the tube. Your caregiver will show you how to care for your trach tube, and what to do in an emergency.

What are the parts of a trach tube?

What supplies do I need for trach care? Keep spare supplies with you at all times while you have a trach tube. You may at any time need to suction or change your tube if it gets clogged or needs to be replaced quickly.

How can I prevent infections?

How do I suction my trach tube? You may be told to suction your trach tube at least twice a day. Your caregiver will tell you when or if you need to suction more often.

How do I care for my trach tube? Clean the area around your tube and the inner cannula at least once each day.

How do I change my trach tube? Change your trach tube as often as your caregiver directs. You may also need to change the trach tube if it moves out of place, feels uncomfortable, or the cuff leaks. You may need someone to help you change the trach tube.

How do I keep my secretions thin?

What steps do I follow if I am having trouble breathing?

When should I contact my caregiver? Contact your caregiver if:

When should I seek immediate care? Seek care immediately or call 911 if:


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