What are the parts of a trach?

 

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What are the most common different brands of trachs?

  • Shiley (plastic/PVC piping)
  • Portex (plastic)
  • Bivona (silicone)
  • Jackson (metal)

See here for pictures and specifics of the above brands.

What do the different trach sizes mean?

The table below is taken from a very comprehensive paper on trachs in Respiratory Care. As you can see, even trachs that are the same size according to the company actually have different dimensions. So I would recommend discussing with your friendly respiratory therapist if you think a trach needs downsizing and what the right size to go to might be.Screen Shot 2018-10-25 at 9.14.20 PM.png

 

 

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