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Cleaning the Tracheostomy Tube

Taikhum Sadiq

Cleaning the Tracheostomy Tube

By Taikhum Sadiq

As you know that the tube has two major parts the outer cannula and the inner cannula. The outer cannula is fixed and cannot be removed but the inner cannula can be removed for cleaning purposes. The tracheostomy inner cannula tube should be cleaned two to three times per day or more as needed. Take due note that this only applies to reusable inner cannulas. Cleaning is needed more immediately after surgery and when there is a lot of mucus buildup inside.

Firstly you would want a cleaning kit that will get you through this task. You could get Tracheostomy Care Kits and Tracheostomy Cleaning Tray here .

Here are the steps to perfectly cleaning the inner cannula:

  • Wash your hands properly with a handwash.
  • Add 1/2 strength peroxide solution in a bowl and sterile salt water in another bowl.
  • Slowly remove the inner cannula while holding the neck plate of the trachea in a still position.
  • Place inner cannula in the peroxide solution and soak until the crusts are softened or removed completely.
  • Use a brush or pipe cleaner to clean the inside, outside and creases of the tube.
  • Be careful as to not using scouring powder or Brillo pads.
  • Check the inside of the inner cannula to be sure it is clean and clear of all the mucus.
  • Rinse the tube in the sterile salt water.
  • Re-insert it while holding the neck plate of the trachea in a still position.
  • Turn the inner cannula until it locks into position perfectly.
  • Double check the locking pulling forward gently on the inner cannula.

Now you have a cleansed inner cannula!


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