How might a tracheostomy affect my everyday life?
A tracheostomy may significantly reduce your symptoms so you can lead an active, normal life. For example, a tracheostomy may relieve or lessen your breathing problems.
A tracheostomy can also cause changes that affect your everyday life, including the need to:
- Avoid infections by practicing routine hand washing, getting any needed immunizations, and staying away from crowded places and sick people
- Clean and care for your tracheostomy site, tubes and supplies
- Have a caregiver who can perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)
- Have emergency supplies on hand as directed by your healthcare provider
- Learn how to talk, swallow and eat with your tracheostomy
- Use safety precautions when you are exposed to water, aerosols, sprays, powder, dust, particulates, or pet hair
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