A tracheostomy can be lifesaving for patients and a critical part of their respiratory care. If you or a loved one has or will experience a tracheostomy, knowing exactly what it is and what it does can be extremely beneficial. Keep reading to learn about tracheostomies, their purpose, and when they are necessary. 

What Is a Trach and What Does It Do? 

A tracheostomy is an opening or hole, also called a stoma, that is surgically created in the trachea. A tracheostomy tube is then placed into the opening for better breathing. This procedure allows for oxygen to be delivered to your lungs easily and safely. A tracheostomy is usually temporary but, in some cases, may be a permanent or long-term solution. Depending on the patient's condition, a ventilator may be required to assist with breathing. The main goal of a tracheostomy is to help you breathe better! 

When Is It Needed?  

A tracheostomy may be necessary for many different reasons, but here are a few of them: 

  • Severe injury to the head or neck, causing an obstruction.  
  • Nose, mouth, or throat obstructions.  
  • Needing long-term ventilation support.  
  • Emergency situation where your breathing has been obstructed.  
  • Difficulty breathing due to medical conditions like throat cancer, pneumonia, and other lung infections.  
  • A tumor is blocking the airway.  

If you or a loved one has had a tracheostomy, it is important to understand what it is so you can care for it properly. Tracheostomy care is essential in the safety of the patient and the effectiveness of the tracheostomy. For more information about our ventilator and tracheostomy services, visit our website or reach out to our team today, we are happy to help!