Securing ventilator tubing
- 0Nov 8, '08 by RainscapeI have a question concerning my client's ventilator tubing. He is on the ventilator only at night and lies on his left side with the ventilator at the head of the bed. Once the tubing is hooked up to his trach he complains of it pulling and hurting his throat. Does anyone have any suggestions as to how I can secure the tubing? Thank you.
- 0Jan 22, '09 by NotReady4PrimeTime, RN Senior ModeratorI'd suggest positioning the circuit so that it extends down from his chin to his mid- chest then loops back up over the head of the bed. We sometimes use a pediatric soft restraint to secure it to the bed while still giving some room to move with it. Wrap the restraint around the tubing and secure it with the Velcro, then use a safety pin to attach the twill ties of the restraint to the sheet or to the side rail of the bed.