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.