Tracheostomy Teaching 803

Instructed patient Don't let condensation accumulate in the oxygen delivery tubing.

Tracheostomy Teaching 1245

Instructed patient Don't allow a humidifier to empty.

Tracheostomy Teaching 445

Instructed patient to note the amount, color, consistency, and odor of tracheal and stomal secretions. Confirm the tracheostomy tube size and whether it's cuffed or fenestrated.

Tracheostomy Teaching 446

If the inner cannula is designed for reuse, clean it in a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and 0.9% sodium chloride. Wear sterile gloves and maintain aseptic technique. Remove encrusted secretions from the lumen of a metal tube with sterile pipe cleaners or a soft sterile brush. For a plastic tube, use only sterile pipe cleaners to prevent damage by a brush. After cleaning, thoroughly rinse the inner cannula with 0.9% sodium chloride solution.

Tracheostomy Teaching 447

Instructed patient how to reinsert the inner cannula and securely lock it into place.

Tracheostomy Teaching 448

Instructed patient to secure the new ties to the tracheostomy tube flanges before removing the old ones. Insert your little finger between the tie tapes and your patient's neck to check the fit and ensure his comfort.

Tracheostomy Teaching 449

Instructed patient to place a sterile split sponge under the tube flanges to absorb secretions.

Tracheostomy Teaching 450

Place the call bell where your patient can easily reach it.

Tracheostomy Teaching 451

Instructed patient Don't clean and reuse an inner cannula designed for one-time use.

Tracheostomy Teaching 452

Instructed patient Don't cut gauze and place it under the tracheostomy tube flanges; inhalation could draw fibers into the patient\'s trachea. Use a manufactured split sponge.