Hello I have a question about the vents. If the child is on volume control with the tidal volume being 100, and she has orders for 1 ml h2o in th e balloon of the trach, yet the Ve on display reads only 35,can we inflate the cuff with 1.5 ml h2o even though orders state 1 ml?
The vent isn't alarming but I don't feel comfortable overinflating the balloon,but all the other nurses do it and mom does too. It appears as if their is a leak.
Also,al lot of children have the vent on at night only. During the day when they are on the trach collar or the thermovents a lot of secretiojs come up. One Rt said that the vents push the secretions down during the night,and that when they are off they come up.
However,another Rt said the vents push the secretions out which is why we have to suction a lot of nasal secretions when they are on the vents.. who is right?