High Volume Cuffed Medical Disposable Safety Tracheostomy Tube With Subglottic Suction Tube
What are the parts of a trach tube?
- An outer cannula is the tube that sits in the trachea. There are different sizes of outer cannulas.
- Flanges are the curved wings on each side of the trach tube. The flanges can be connected to trach ties to hold the trach tube in place.
- Trach ties go around your neck and help keep the trach tube in place.
- A cuff fills with air and helps hold the tube in your airway. You may see a thin tube hanging from the outer cannula. Air can be inserted or removed from the cuff through this tube. Your trach may not have a cuff.
- An inner cannula is a smaller tube that sits inside the outer cannula. The inner cannula can be removed for cleaning. There are different sizes of inner cannulas. Your trach tube may not have an inner cannula.
- An obturator is a small device used to insert a new trach tube.
- A speaking valve is a cap that fits over the opening of your trach tube. There are many different types of speaking valves. Ask your healthcare provider if you can use a speaking valve and which one is right for you.
Tracheostomy tube in situ with subglottic suction ports and tubing indicated. Left-hand figure demonstrates the usual removal of secretions by aspiration. Right-hand figure demonstrates the flow of gas to the upper airways via the larynx when additional gas flow is directed into the subglottic port.