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Temporary tracheostomy tubes: a practical guide

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Vol 5 - Issue 2
Written by Nicola Kulendra BVetMed (Hons) MVetMed CertVDI PGCert (Vet Ed) DipECVS FHEA MRCVS European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery
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Temporary tracheostomy tubes: a practical guide

Temporary tracheostomy involves the introduction of a tracheal cannula that will be left in place until the airways are patent, following investigation and diagnosis of the underlying disease. They are placed in cases of upper airway obstruction or prior to planned surgery where dental occlusion assessment is required. Tracheostomy tubes available for veterinary patients are manufactured for human use and are either adult size tubes or paediatric tubes. Common complications are obstruction, dislodgement, aspiration pneumonia and stoma swelling. The surgical site is allowed to heal by secondary intention after tube removal.

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Nicola Kulendra BVetMed (Hons) MVetMed CertVDI PGCert (Vet Ed) DipECVS FHEA MRCVS European and RCVS Specialist in Small Animal Surgery