A tracheostomy tube, or “trach tube”, is a 2-inch- to 3-inch-long curved metal or plastic tube placed in a surgically-created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open.
There are several types of tracheostomy tubes, depending on the requirements of the patient:
- Shiley: Standard
- Bivona: a silicon tube with metal rings that are good for airways with damage to the tracheal rings or otherwise not straight.
- Fenestrated: supports use of a a Passey Muir valve
Placed in a surgically-created opening (tracheostomy) in the windpipe to keep it open.