Tracheostomy: Procedures, Timing and Tubes

This presentation is designed to offer information on tracheotomy procedures and literature related to the timing of tracheotomy. The choice of the tracheostomy tube can have an impact on the evaluation and treatment of the tracheostomized patient, therefore, a description of the various tracheostomy tubes, types of cuffs and proper cuff maintenance will be given.  Case studies will be used to demonstrate the importance of selecting proper tube size and type, as it relates to upper airway assessment, swallowing, and communication options.




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