Patient Comments: Tracheostomy - Share Your Experience

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Comment from: Worried Mom, 19-24 Male (Caregiver) Published: June 18

My son is scheduled for a tracheostomy this eveninghis third one. He went into ICU 12 days ago for what was diagnosed as a misplaced feeding tube and another aspiration pneumonia. They tried to extubate him on the weekend when he went into respiratory distress, and this evening, the surgeon will insert a tracheostomy. Although this won't prevent future aspiration pneumonias, the medical staff involved in his care will be able to keep him on the respirator and, we (his parents) will have to relearn how to care for the tracheostomy.

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