- Tracheostomy Tubes
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Tracheostomy tubes have different designs and features to accommodate different needs. They can have a cuff or be cuffless, consist of a single tube or dual tube with inner cannulas, come with or without various connectors, be made of different materials, come in sizes and lengths, have speaking options, have suction options or not and are also provided with various accessories for different purposes.
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Cuffless tubes are primarily used in non-ventilated patients that have no difficulty swallowing and have no danger of aspiration. Since there is no cuff, it allows air to pass into the upper trachea and larynx so the patient can cough and speak normally.
Patients who need ventilation (assisted breathing with a respirator or breathing machine) require tracheostomy tubes that are blocked and sealed by what is called a cuff (also called a balloon) located on the lower outer cannula. The cuff blocks any air from flowing around the tube and assures that the patient is well oxygenated.