I'm still a nursing student and recently I gave report to another nurse where she asked me a question that made me think. The patient I was handing off had a trach and she wanted to know whether it was a fenestrated or non-fenestrated. I wasn't sure why it was relevant when we were talking about a comatose patient with little chance recovering to baseline function much less being able to speak again (I made that clear at the beginning of report). Is there a different way of providing care for a fenestrated trach versus a non-fenestrated one? I'm not sure if I'm missing something important here or if she just forgot that the patient is non-communicative? I really don't want to miss anything and as a student, I felt too inferior to ask why she wanted to know for this particular patient.
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