A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure in which an incision is made in the trachea (windpipe). The incision forms a temporary or permanent opening, called a tracheostomy. The terms “tracheotomy” and “tracheostomy” are sometimes used interchangeably. The following sites provide information for people with tracheostomies and their caregivers.
Home Tracheostomy Care
This discharge booklet from the UC Davis Medical Center covers explains what a tracheostomy is and provides guidance on home care.
Pediatric Tracheostomy
This online guide from the UC Davis Medical Center provides information for parents and other caregivers.
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