As patients who have experienced this operative procedure know, a tracheostomy is an opening created surgically through the neck into the trachea (windpipe) to allow direct access to the breathing tube. It is commonly done in an operating room under general anesthesia.

A tube is usually placed through this opening to provide an airway and remove secretions from the lungs. Breathing is done through the tracheostomy tube rather than through the nose and mouth, and the hole is made to help you breathe. A tracheostomy usually is temporary, although some patients may have one for a longer period of time.

At Pavilion Medical Home Care and Staffing, our staff members are trained in the care and management of the tracheostomy and vent and help prevent complications such as infection around the tracheostomy tube or clogging of the tube. While this is a sensitive procedure that requires a deft touch, our team works diligently to aid in the facilitation of the patients’ recovery proficiently.