I'm writing on behalf of a friend in Ecuador whose 4-year old son now has a tracheostomy following surgery to remove excess tissue in his throat that was leading to severe sleep apnea. Â*The doctor said he will need to have the trach for at least 3 months.
They are high in the Andes mountains where the humidity levels are very low, so this is causing problems. Â*They would like to get some kind of HME, but they don't know what kind Â*of cannula he has or what HMEs would fit it. Â*They said the tube looks just like the metal tube shown on the tracheostomy.com page showing types of tubes (http://www.tracheostomy.com/types.htm
) and said that they were told it is a 2mm size.
Can anyone tell me what brand/model of tube that is, and what kind of HME might work with it? Â*If there is no compatible HME, are there any strategies that can have the same effect as an HME and allow him to be active and in different environments?