3 Indications facilitate prolonged mechanical ventilation and weaning by-pass upper airway obstruction (ex. sleep apnea, tumor …)maintain patent airway in severe head and neck injury or surgeryairway anomaliessecretion removalrecurrent aspiration
4 Contraindications coagulopathy enlarged thyroid abnormal airway anatomylack of patient consent for procedurepoor surgical candidate
5 Advantages decreased work of breathing decreases the risk of upper airway complications due to endotracheal tubeincrease patient comfort and complianceimproved oral hygieneoral movement for communicationeasier to stabilize and secure compared to endotracheal tubesincreased mobility
6 Disadvantages increased risk of infection impairs speech bypasses normal humidification systeminvasive surgical proceduremay impair swallowing
7 Tracheostomy Terms to Remember Flange – Is the part that is attached to the outer cannula. It assists in stabilizing the tube in the trachea. It also provides the holes necessary for proper securing of the tube to the neck of the patient.Outer Cannula - The outer cannula forms the body of the tracheostomy tube.Inner Cannula - Fits into the outer cannula like a liner. Can be removed for cleaning or changing. (Disposable and Non-disposable) (Twist lock or Ring-pull inner cannula) Note - not all tubes have an inner cannula.
8 Tracheostomy Terms to Remember (cont’d) Obturator - The obturator is only used during insertion of the tracheostomy tube. It replaces the inner cannula during insertion. Must always be present at patient bedside in case of accidental decannulation.Cuff – Is the balloon around the outer cannula that is inflated to maintain a seal around the tube. ** Note: not all trachs have cuffs.Inflation Line – Used to facilitate inflation of the cuff.Pilot Balloon – Is an external indicator that the cuff is inflated.
9 Tracheostomy Terms to Remember (cont’d) Tracheostomy Sutures – 2 TypesStay Sutures – Inside the trachea that can be gently pulled to bring the tracheal opening to the skin in case of early, unplanned decannulation.Skin Sutures – Placed in the O.R. attaching the tracheostomy flanges to the skin to prevent decannulation.Fenestration – Opening in the outer cannula that allows for more air flow through the upper airway (facilitates speech).
10 Figure 1(Portex Tube) FLANGE OUTER CANNULA INFLATION LINE CUFF PILOT BALLOON
12 Types of TubesCuffed or uncuffed. **Most pediatric tubes do not have cuffs and inner cannulas due to smaller diameter. Most adult tubes have inner cannula to allow for less frequent outer cannula changes.Metal (Jackson) or plastic (bivona, portex, shiley)Single or double cannulaFenestrated or non-fenestratedShort or long termCustom
13 Shiley® fenestrated cuffless tube Types of Trach TubesShiley® cuffless tubeBivona® Uncuffed Neonatal and Pediatric Silicone Tracheostomy TubesShiley® fenestrated cuffless tubeMetal Jackson tube
14 Tracheostomy Policies Tracheostomy Stoma CarePolicy Statement – Tracheostomy stoma care should be performed every shift and on an as needed basis.Care of the Inner CannulaPolicy Statement- Corks and inner cannula should be cleaned or changed daily as well as PRN. Pediatric and neonatal inner cannula should be cleaned or changed Q6H to Q12H and/or PRN. Inner cannula should be checked Q4H or immediately if patient appears to be in respiratory distress, the inner cannula needs to be removed and inspected for encrustation.
15 Suctioning Oral-Nasal-Tracheal Adult 150-200mmHg Pediatric 120-150mmHg Infant 100mmHgReview HHS policy Resp-SuctioningAttach the suction catheter to the suction tubing.Put clean gloves on both hands.Apply mask or goggles (optional).Remove catheter from package with dominant hand.Apply water soluble gel to tip of catheter, if necessaryWrap catheter around dominant hand.Disconnect tracheostomy mask with non-dominant hand.Using your dominant hand gently and quickly insert the catheter into the airway until a resistance is met, or patient coughs.Pull the catheter out slightly and apply continuous suction while withdrawing the catheter out of the airway.Ensure the whole procedure from catheter insertion to withdrawal does not take longer than seconds.Reapply the mask between suctioning procedures.Repeat the procedure, if required, allowing appropriate time for recovery.
16 Tracheostomy Emergencies Tube OcclusionSigns of tube occlusion include:Difficult or laboured breathingUse of accessory musclesNone or limited expired air from tracheostomy tubePale/Cyanosed skin colorAnxietyIncrease Pulse and Respiratory RateClamminessCessation of respiration
17 Tube Occlusion (cont’d) PLAN OF ACTIONALWAYS STAY CALM AND REASSURE THE PATIENTCall for help immediately, both RN and RT.Reposition the patient into thesemi-recumbant positionAsk patient to cough or attempt to clear secretions via suctioningManipulate the head and neck to eliminate kinking or to allow tube reposition
18 Tube Occlusion (cont’d) Ask person helping you for baseline oxygen saturation and vital signs, if necessary.Administer oxygen via Face mask.If occlusion is still present:Attempt to remove inner cannula and inspect for blockage.Replace inner cannula with a new one, if blocked.
19 Tube Occlusion (cont’d) If occlusion is still present after removal of inner cannula.Ask patient to cough to clear secretionsSuction down tracheostomy tube again to attempt to clear blockage.If patient continues to have distress then entire tracheostomy tube may need to be changed.PAGE PHYSICAN STAT (if they are not already there).
20 Tube Occlusion (cont’d) ALWAYS STAY CALM AND REASSURE THE PATIENTDO NOT REMOVE TRACH. Call the RT stat to perform trach removal.Note: If upper airway obstruction is indication for tracheostomy, Call Team Immediately and DO NOT REMOVE TRACH.
21 Accidental Decannulation If tracheostomy is partially out:Note: If upper airway obstruction is indication for tracheostomy, Call Team Immediately and DO NOT REMOVE TRACH.ALWAYS STAY CALM AND REASSURE THE PATIENTCALL THE RT STATEnsure that saturation monitor is on patient.
22 Accidental Decannulation (cont’d) Attempt to determine if patient is in distress.Try to prevent them from coughing rest of tube out.If patient coughs tube out, suction stoma site.Temporarily occlude stoma with gauze and apply oxygen via face mask.Observe patient for signs of respiratory distress. If no signs of distress then document.
23 Accidental Decannulation (cont’d) If signs of distress assist RT in airway management and call the Emergency team.Wait until team arrives and transfer care of patient.IF AT ANY POINT YOU ARE UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO CALL THE RESP. THERAPIST!!
24 Accidental Decannulation (cont’d) If tracheostomy is fully out:ALWAYS STAY CALM AND REASSURE THE PATIENTCALL THE RT STAT.Once tube is removed, suction stoma site.Temporarily occlude stoma with gauze and apply oxygen via face mask.Observe patient for signs of respiratory distress.
25 Accidental Decannulation (cont’d) If no signs of distress then inform RT upon arrival.If signs of distress then assist RT with airway management and call the Emergency team.Wait until team arrives and transfer care of patient.IF AT ANY POINT YOU ARE UNSURE OF WHAT TO DO CALL THE RESP. THERAPIST!!
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