Currently, there are over 300 million people living with a tracheostomy. This is because these patients have an airway that needs to be maintained for them outside of their body. In this blog post, we will discuss 11 strategies for caring for your tracheostomy patient.
Strategy #11 Use a cuff that is the appropriate size for your patient. The sizes are based on neck circumference in inches and it should be as tight around their throat as possible, but not too tight to cause injury or discomfort.
This provides an airtight seal between the inflated cuff and tracheostomy opening so no oxygen can escape during exhalation. This also helps with speech because patients can talk once they feel enough pressure from the cuff when speaking out of reflexes (eustachian tube). Cuffs come in small-medium-large, careful consideration needs to be taken depending on the person’s anatomy while weighing what type will work best for them long term.