When someone with a tracheostomy is having serious trouble breathing, they may:
If you see any of these signs, immediately suction the trach tube. If the signs continue, change the trach tube and suction again. If the person is still having trouble breathing after the tube is changed, call 911 right away.
Look carefully at secretions in the catheter for signs of infection. Call the specialist after trach care if:
Make sure the person has enough to drink each day so that secretions remain thin and do not block the trach tube. He or she will need to drink extra fluids when sick.
Signs of not getting enough fluids include: