Tracheostomy supplies need to be replenished monthly in order to maintain cleanliness and functionality. Below is the customary monthly schedule of replacement of supplies:
There are a few items available to make the patient with a trach much more comfortable. One is the trach bib or trach covering for showering. It allows a trached patient to be able to take a shower and face the water without the hazard or water entering the trach opening.
There are also cloth coverings for the trach. This allows the patient to cover the trach and be less noticeable when they go out publicly.
Trach tube in one size smaller. This is for an emergency decannulation. It is highly recommended to have this on hand. In the case of an emergency your current trach tube most likely will not be able to go back into the stoma as the stoma begins to close up immediately, so having a size smaller will buy some time and keep the airway patent until you can get to the ER.
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