What is Tracheotome?

A tracheotome is a medical instrument used to perform an incision in the trachea with a cutting blade operated by a powered cannula. It is often called a tracheostomy tube because once it enters the stoma in the trachea, a breathing tube is connected to a ventilator and oxygen is provided to the lungs.

There are different types of tracheotomes. They can be made of metal, plastic or silicone. Plastic and silicone are widely used since they reduce the complications from the tracheotomy procedure such as subglottic stenosis and erosion of large blood vessels.

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I have an adult sister who has cerebral palsy. within the past 5 years she has been hospitalized and intubated because her lungs have collapsed due...

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Tracheostomy is done in such cases to--
1. To help lungs to improve faster as regular suction can be done ,lungs will have to exert less...

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Patient -(my grandmother -86 years old) had minor stroke about two weeks ago. A second minor stroke occured over the weekend affecting her right...

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Hi. Usually the breathing tube (Endotracheal tube) is advised during a stroke when the swallowing reflex is affected which happens many a times if...

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