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Cleaning the tracheostomy site daily helps prevent infection and irritated skin.
A tracheostomy (trach) is a small opening through the skin into the windpipe (trachea). This opening is called a stoma. A small plastic tube called a trach tube is placed through the stoma to help your child breathe.
Trach ties are used to secure the trach tube in place. They should be changed every day at the same time you clean the trach site. Trach ties should also be changed anytime they are wet or soiled.
Always use 2 caregivers to clean the trach site. One caregiver will clean the site and change the ties. A second caregiver will hold the trach in place and assist as needed.
After cleaning the trach site and changing ties, you can put a new dressing around the trach if needed.
If you have questions about cleaning the trach site, speak to your child’s care team.
Reviewed: September 2022