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Why do you need to suction a tracheostomy?

suctioning is done to clear excess mucus in a patient’s airways that may form into a mucus plug. Mucus plugs can cause a patient to have severe respiratory distress or even stop breathing. Sometimes it can be very clear that a patient needs suctioning, but other times it may be questionable.

How often to suction tracheostomy? Suctioning is used to remove mucus from the tube and trachea to allow for easier breathing. Frequency of suctioning will vary between patients and will increase with respiratory tract infections. Generally the patient should be suctioned every 4 to 6 hours and as needed.

Why would someone need a tracheotomy? A tracheostomy is usually done for one of three reasons: to bypass an obstructed upper airway; to clean and remove secretions from the airway; to more easily, and usually more safely, deliver oxygen to the lungs. All tracheostomies are performed due to a lack of air getting to the lungs.

What are the most common complications of suctioning?

Let’s take a look at the risks:

  • Anxiety in the patient
  • Low oxygen levels (Suctioning can suck some of the oxygen out of the airways. Ask a respiratory therapist if you can increase oxygen flow during suctioning.
  • Tissue damage (Always keep the vacuum pressure turned to a low setting.
  • Infection (Suctioning is always a sterile procedure.

How long do you can do tracheostomy? A tracheostomy usually takes 20 to 45 minutes to perform. The surgeon or other health care professional will make a cut through the lower front part of your neck and then cut into your windpipe. Cuffed trach tubes may be used. These tubes use air to widen or narrow the tube to fit the hole.

What are the steps for suctioning a tracheostomy?

What are the steps for suctioning a tracheostomy?

Tips on Tracheostomy Suctioning

  • Always wear gloves when suctioning so that germs and infections are not transferred.
  • Never suction for lengths of time longer than 5 or 10 seconds.
  • Use saline solution in the trach to loosen secretions and make the suction process easier.
  • Wash hands before and after suctioning a patient-even if gloves are worn.

What do you need to know about Trach care?

Care for your trach tube:

  • Clean the inner cannula at least once every day. You can skip this step if you do not have an inner cannula. Wash your hands and put on gloves.
  • Check the cuff pressure at least once each day. Your healthcare provider will show you how to check your cuff pressure.
  • Keep water and other materials out of your trach tube. Do not swim.

Is Trach suctioning sterile? Tracheostomy suctioning is a sterile and delicate procedure. It is important to understand associated risks to prevent transfer of bacteria, harm delicate mucous membranes, or risk compromising oxygen levels in the patient.

How often are suction catheters changed? The closed suctions come in two lengths, one for an endotracheal tube and one shorter one specific for patients with tracheostomy. Closed suction catheters are usually changed every 72 hours or according to manufacturer instructions.