Tracheostomy Care

A tracheostomy is an opening (made by an incision) through the neck into the trachea (windpipe). A tracheostomy opens the airway and aids breathing. 
 
A tracheostomy may, depending on the person’s condition, be temporary or permanent. 
 
At our Care Centre, conditions that result in the need for a permanent or temporary Tracheostomy may include:
 
  • Acquired Brain Injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Locked in Syndrome
  • Prolonged Disorders of Consciousness
If necessary, the tube can be connected to an oxygen supply and a breathing machine called a ventilator. The tube can also be used to suction out any fluid that has built up in the throat and windpipe. A tracheostomy may be created for a number of reasons, including:
 
  • delivering oxygen to the lungs when a person is unable to breathe normally after an injury or accident, or because their muscles are very weak 
  • allowing a person to breathe if their throat is blocked – this can be caused by a swelling, a tumour, or something stuck in their throat 
  • reducing the risk of food or fluid going into your lungs (aspiration) if coughing proves difficult