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Laura Castricone

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My name is Laura Castricone and I am a Certified Respiratory Therapist. I have been practicing in the state of Connecticut since 1992. I have worked in several aspects of respiratory care including sleep medicine, critical care, rehab, and home care. I earned my respiratory certification at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. Prior to becoming an RT, I attended the University of Connecticut pursuing a degree in English but left Uconn in my junior year to work with my father in the restaurant business. I stayed with him for over a dozen years. An education, by the way, that can never be bought! Once I married and had children, the restaurant business no longer fit my lifestyle. When my children were one and two years old, I decided to go back to school and that is where my career in respiratory care began. This career has been very rewarding and I have been blessed to meet some extraordinary people along the way. I grew up in Waterbury, CT, and now live in Litchfield County, CT with my husband and our crazy Jack Russell terrier, Hendrix. My hobbies include antiquing, gardening, writing plays, and painting miniature paintings.

Speaking Valves For Tracheostomy Tubes

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

Speaking Valves is a small device that attaches to your patient’s tracheostomy tube. It allows your patient to make sounds and use speech. Learn More @ HPFY

Tracheostomy: Providing the Supplemental Oxygen via Tracheostomy

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

Some patients need supplemental oxygen via their Tracheostomy tube. This will add a few more pieces to the set up. Learn all about Oxygen And Tracheostomy @HPFY

Humidification to Trach Via Large Volume Nebulizer Or Jet Neb

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

When someone has a tracheostomy, their nose is bypassed and they are breathing via their tracheostomy. Thus depriving our lungs of our natural way to heat, humidify and filter the air we breathe.The large volume nebulizer provides this humidification. Learn More @HPFY

Humidification to Tracheostomy via HME (Heat/Moisture Exchanger)

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

When you exhale through the Heat/Moisture Exchanger, it captures your exhaled heat and moisture and on your next breath, it delivers that back to your airway. Learn More @HPFY

What Is Decannulation?

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

The term “decannulation” refers to the removal of the tracheostomy tube from the neck and the stoma is allowed to close up and heal. Learn More @ HPFY

Monthly Tracheostomy Supplies Needed

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

Tracheostomy supplies need to be replenished monthly in order to maintain cleanliness and functionality. Buy Top Tracheostomy Supplies on Sale @ HPFY. Shop Now!

Suctioning Your Tracheostomy Tube

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

Suctioning is considered a sterile procedure and should be performed with this in mind. We ask that you try to be as clean as possible when suctioning an airway. Learn More About Tracheostomy Suctioning @HPFY

Why Do Some People Need To Have A Tracheostomy?

Laura Castricone Jul 13, 2021

A tracheostomy is usually done to bypass an obstructed upper airway or to clean and remove secretions from the airway or to more easily, and more safely, deliver oxygen to the lungs. Learn more about it @ HPFY

Things To Keep In Mind When Using Oxygen at Home

Laura Castricone Jul 31, 2021

Always post “no smoking” signs on your front and back doors. To notify people and the fire department to know where oxygen is in the case of a fire. Learn More

WHAT IS AN OXYGEN CONCENTRATOR

Laura Castricone Jul 31, 2021

An oxygen concentrator (also referred to an oxygen generator) manufactures its own oxygen by utilizing molecular sieve beds to sift out the trace elements in room air. It is an electrical or battery-operated device. Concentrators come in many varieties, both stationary and portable and high and low liter flows.

ALTERNATIVES TO CPAP THERAPY

Laura Castricone Sep 06, 2021

Continuous Positive Airway Pressure therapy, or CPAP therapy, is not for everyone. I have set up thousands of patients on CPAP therapy and for every successful patient, there are at least 10 others who cannot adapt to it. So, what is the recommendation for patients who have obstructive sleep apnea but do not want to, or cannot, use a PAP device?

Caregiving Services : What is Caregiving?

Laura Castricone Apr 25, 2022

Caregivers, who now are most often family members, are a very important part of the healthcare continuum. Without the assistance of in-home caregiving, hospitals, nursing homes, and rehab centers would be overwhelmed and costs would rise higher than insurance would be willing to cover. The average age of a caregiver is 49, however, there are a large number of elderly folks (approx. 10%) who have been thrust into the role. One of the biggest obstacles is getting help for the caregivers themselves. 48 million Americans are caregivers for someone 18yrs of age or older. The majority of people in this role have had no formal training in nursing or nursing care.