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Trachea: tracheostomy - tubes

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Synonym(s): Tracheostomy tubes


Self-retaining tubes

  • Metal interlocking cannulas.

Advantages

  • Easy to use.
  • Some come with plugs which can be used to temporarily close the lumen.

Disadvantages

  • The intraluminal flanges may cause mucosal ulceration due to contact with the tracheal wall.
  • Increased risk of intraluminal pressure necrosis and resultant tracheal stenosis   Trachea: stenosis  if there is marked swelling of the soft tissues interposed between the extraluminal portion of the tube and the trachea.

Commercial examples

  • Dyson self-retaining tube.

Short cuffed silicone tubes

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'J' tubes

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Emergency alternatives

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Care

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Further Reading

Publications

Refereed papers

Other sources of information

  • Honnas C M (1999) Principles of Emergency Respiratory Therapy. In: Equine Medicine and Surgery. Eds: Colahan P T, Mayher I G, Merritt A M & Moore J M. 5th edn. Mosby Inc. pp 458-460.

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