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About the Author: Laura Castricone

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.

Laura Castricone's Articles

Why Do Some People Need To Have A Tracheostomy?

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Suctioning Your Tracheostomy Tube

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Monthly Tracheostomy Supplies Needed

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

What Is Decannulation?

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Humidification to Tracheostomy via HME (Heat/Moisture Exchanger)

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Humidification to Trach Via Large Volume Nebulizer Or Jet Neb

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Tracheostomy: Providing the Supplemental Oxygen via Tracheostomy

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Speaking Valves For Tracheostomy Tubes

Posted on Jul 13, 2021 by Laura Castricone

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

Posted in Tracheostomy

Cleaning Your Tracheostomy Tube Inner Cannula

Posted on Jul 06, 2021 by Laura Castricone

When cleaning your tracheostomy, it's important to be well prepared with the right supplies in case of an emergency. At HPFY we offer a wide range of tracheostomy supplies. Shop Now!

Posted in Tracheostomy

Ostomy Care: Stoma Care Instructions

Posted on Jul 06, 2021 by Laura Castricone

Try to keep the stoma area dry, do not put anything on the stoma without checking with your healthcare provider.If you are experiencing any on-going pain at the surgical site, or if something seems different in your stoma’s appearance, you should contact your healthcare provider.

Posted in Tracheostomy

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