Trach care

  1. Hi everybody or anybody! Just starting my last semester of the LPN program and we just picked up trach care. I know that this question is quite general but, I have found that exploring responses from experienced nurses helps my general comprehension of given topics. I have heard that this semester is absolutely crazy and I want to stay ahead of the game. I was just wondering if anyone has advice, tips or 'things that I should consider' when caring for a patient with a tracheostomy (cuffed or uncuffed).

    Thank you in advance
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  3. by   xtxrn
    Don't let the ties/velcro get loose.
    Keep an obturator nearby at all times.
    Keep the cleaning of the inner cannula sterile.
    Suction with sterile technique.
    Don't suction TOO deeply.
    Have a new, spare trach at the bedside.
  4. by   J-NO
    Thank you for the tips
  5. by   turnforthenurse
    Keep suctioning equipment available including extra cannulas at the bedside.
    Make sure the suction works!
    Never apply suction while going into the airway (I have seen this! :smackingf)
    Always remember to hyperoxygenate before and after.
  6. by   J-NO
    Again thanks for the tip(s). I love this team work much different from my last job
  7. by   Vershonda
    Oxygenate the pt before and in between suctioning. Also suction on the way out not while going in. There are several good videos on YouTube.