Airway access using a tracheostomy

A tracheostomy is a temporary or permanent insertion of an artificial airway into the trachea, which may be inserted surgically or percutaneously. There are a range of tracheostomy tubes available, with different component parts to suit the needs of the patient.

Patients may require a tracheostomy for a variety of reasons, including:

  • Prolonged periods of mechanical ventilation
  • Part of a surgical procedure
  • For burns or trauma

The All Wales TRACHES Checklist

Mark as Understood

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