Hi everyone! I was taking care of a patient with a #8 portex trach and the doctor told me later I needed to change the cannula every shift, even though there was no order for it. What is the deal with changing trach cannulas? Trachs make me so, so nervous.
I'm confused about the difference between metal and plastic.
The difference between inflated and deflated. What does it really mean? Its significance?
When, why, and how to change the inner and outer cannula.
What is the difference between the inner and outer cannulas?
I don't see many trach-ed patients so I have lots of questions. Thanks!