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Living With a Tracheostomy

You may still need a tracheostomy after you leave the hospital. If so, hospital staff will show you and your family or caregiver how to care for the tracheostomy at home.

Proper care and handling of the tracheostomy and the tubes and other related supplies can help reduce the risk of complications, such as infection.

You'll learn how to clean the tracheostomy site, change your trach tube, suction your airways using the trach tube, and work with a home care service.

Home care services allow people who have special needs to stay in their homes. Home care services may provide medical equipment, visits from health care professionals, and help giving medicines. This service also may help with routine care of your tracheostomy.

Before you leave the hospital, you'll also learn about signs and symptoms of possible complications. Your doctor will let you know when you should call him or her and when to seek emergency care.

After you leave the hospital, you'll need ongoing care with your doctor. This will allow your doctor to monitor your health and check for possible problems.

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Last Updated: March 19, 2012