What is a tracheostomy?
- A surgical hole made in the trachea, through which a tracheostomy tube is passed
- Attached to ventilation bag/machine
- Use: a tracheostomy is performed for long-term ventilation in intensive care
- Note: a needle or surgical cricothyroidotomy is different and is used in the emergency setting when an acute upper airway obstruction is preventing endotracheal intubation
How to perform a tracheostomy
- A trachestomy is a complex procedure and beyond the scope of this site.
- The video below is included for interest only – full surgical, ENT, ED or anaesthesia training required.
Other airway pages
- How to insert a nasopharyngeal airway (NPA)
- How to insert an oropharyngeal airway
- How to insert a supraglottic airway
- What is an endotracheal tube (ETT)?