here is my problem. i have a trach patient and he has been switched from non disposable to disposable inner cannula. now our boss want us to change his cannula to new one once a day on my shift (3-11) and trach care is suppose to be done every shift. next day my boss showed to me a cannula that she took out which was filled with moderate amount of secretion, stating i didnt change his cannula. the nurses from the midnight shift and day shifts are only changing the drainage dressing therefore his inner cannula hasnt been touched during midnight shift and day shift because afternoon shift is suppose to change to new one. my understanding of trach care is that when nurses are doing trach care every shift, they are suppose to take the inner cannula out and wash it with hydroxide and saline and also clean the trach plate and suctioning if needed. am i right or am i wrong and does inner cannula needs to be changed once a day or only when it cannot be completely cleaned?
Last edit by Ms.RN on Jul 21, '10
I know at my job with the disposable cannulas we change them every shift with the trach care and even on the disposable cannulas it says do not wash and reuse so I am not sure about the one you guys are using but that is the disposable on non disposable when ever I did trachea care I would clean out the inner cannula
Last edit by Spika RN on Jan 5, '11
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