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by tsidnaleri tsidnaleri (New) New Nurse

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Can a patient still aspirate with a long term tracheostomy in line? The patient is in vegetative state. It gets a toothbrush suction orally few times a shift. Would like to get your knowledge regarding this since a colleague told me to tell another colleague to make sure to suction it twice a shift when it saw there was a build up on it’s mouth. I was thinking that the patient had another episode of secretions after the previous shift left. I wanted to get the right info before I discuss the situation further. Thanks

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MunoRN has 10 years experience as a RN and specializes in Critical Care.

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Patients with trachs can still aspirate secretions that originate above the trach, even with a cuffed trach.  

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