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