The longer a patient requires mechanical ventilation, the more likely it is that the patient will have a tracheostomy. Read about indications, benefits, potential complications, and nursing care associated with tracheostomies.
Laura C. Parker is an associate professor at the Nursing County College of Morris in Randolph, N.J.
Keep the stoma clean and dry to prevent skin breakdown.
The author has disclosed that she has no financial relationships related to this article.