Tracheostomy tubes and related appliances.

  title={Tracheostomy tubes and related appliances.},
  author={Dean R. Hess},
  journal={Respiratory care},
  volume={50 4},
Tracheostomy tubes are used to administer positive-pressure ventilation, to provide a patent airway, to provide protection from aspiration, and to provide access to the lower respiratory tract for airway clearance. They are available in a variety of sizes and styles, from several manufacturers. The dimensions of tracheostomy tubes are given by their inner diameter, outer diameter, length, and curvature. Differences in length between tubes of the same inner diameter, but from different… CONTINUE READING