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18 Section 4 Suction /Tracheostomy Therapy How a tracheostomy works A tracheostomy tube is placed through the hole and directly into your windpipe to help the patient breathe. Why a tracheostomy is needed To relieve an obstruction of breathing, bypassing the mouth, nose and throat. Conditions where a tracheostomy is required: • Restricted airways • It may also be done during an emergency when the airway is blocked. Or it could be applied when a disease or other problem makes normal breathing impossible Care of a tracheostomy • Always wash your hands with soap and water before cleaning • Wear gloves • You should clean the skin around the stoma twice a d ay with a 50:50 mixture of sterile water and hydrogen peroxide Who is the tracheostomy patient? Someone who had: • Obstruction of the mouth or throat • Breathing difficulty caused by edema (swelling), i njury or pulmonary (lung) conditions • Airway reconstruction following tracheostomyeal o r laryngeal surgery • Airway protection from secretions or food because of s wallowing problems • Airway protection after head and neck surgery Prevalence of tracheostomy patients in the U.S. The average number of tracheostomies performed annually in the United States is now > 100,000. PRODUCTS NEEDED FOR SUCTION/TRACHEOSTOMY THERAPY Product Image Item Description HCPC Codes MFR MFR # Cuffed Tracheostomy Tubes A7521 Shiley (Medtronic) 6CN75H BiVona (Smiths Medical) 670160 Portex (Smiths Medical) 503070 Non-Cuffed Tracheostomy Tubes A7520 Shiley (Medtronic) 6UN75H BiVona (Smiths Medical) 60PFSS35 Portex (Smiths Medical) 502070 Inner Cannulas A4623 Shiley (Medtronic) 4IC65 Smiths Medical 526060 Source: http://rc.rcjournal.com/content/59/6/895

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