Tracheostomy Weaning

The process of preparing a patient’s body to function properly without the use of a tracheostomy, or trach, tube. This process is completed in stages that are marked by cuff deflation criteria to ensure the patient does not experience complications. During the weaning process, patients should be closely monitored for signs of clinical deterioration as it can be challenging for the body to cope with changing the airflow from breathing through the trach tube changes to breathing through the upper airway instead.