View Full Version : Need advice on grandmas trach
05-19-2006, 10:33 PM
Hi everyone. I'm new to these message boards and need some help/advice. My grandmother had a trach put in. It was a permanent size 8 tube. We transfered her to another hospital so she could be closer to us and her husband could drive to see her. The new hospital has since put in a temporary size 6 tube and is on a ventilator. I was wondering......what is the difference in the amount of air flow in the 2 sizes. Also, what makes a doctor decide on the size of trach tube when it is made permanent? Any and all help and answers will be greatly appreciated.
05-21-2006, 07:11 AM
My grandaughter is 2 years old,she has had her trach most of her young life, previous to that she was on a ventilator due to many medical problems, one of them being respitory distress.When her trach was placed we were told that the size of the trach depends on the condition that you have, also they check placement by xray to see were the trach is sitting as well. I cant answer about the amount of airleak around the trach for your grandmother other than, maybe some swelling has gone done now and its also possible that this Dr could think if she had some airexchange she may be able to talk, but not sure. I sure hope for the best for your family and wish you hope and pray that your grandmothers condition gets better. Why did she have to be trached? Prayers for your family.
05-21-2006, 07:15 AM
im pretty sure they are looking at swelling as much as airflow, it seems to me that they are watching the airway closely. Airway status can change rapidly, especially if swelling is involved.they have to make sure that enough airflow exchanges.was your grandmother sick?
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