Tracheostomy Care

Learn More About Tracheostomy Care

What is a Tracheostomy?

A tracheostomy is a surgically created opening through the trachea (windpipe) to allow direct access for a breathing tube to be inserted. This procedure may be ordered by your doctor to help with certain conditions that make breathing more difficult. Those conditions could include severe lung disorders, neurological conditions, or an infection.

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We offer tracheotomy care to our residents with severe lung disorders, neurological issues or infections, who are dependent on a surgically inserted tube (trach) for breathing.

Some common conditions a patient may have that requires a tracheostomy:

  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)
  • Cerebrovascular Accident (CVA)
  • Muscular Dystrophy 
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Post-COVID treatment 
  • Tumors
  • Infections
  • Vocal cord paralysis (VCP)
  • Laryngeal injury or spasms
  • Congenital abnormalities of the airway
  • Severe neck or mouth injuries
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Need for prolonged respiratory support such as Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD)
A respiratory therapist helps a resident with his ventilator.

In addition to continuous nursing, we perform daily trach maintenance and comprehensive respiratory services to minimize complications, maintain stability, and return the individual to his or her highest level of functionality or independence.

Our Bland Nursing & Rehab and Brian Center Fincastle offer Trach Care and related services. Visit our location pages for more information and to contact us!



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