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How long do you need to stay in the hospital after a tracheostomy?

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It depends on why you got the tracheostomy, but count on at least a few days in the hospital. During that time, health care professionals may need to help you with speech, food, cleaning the tube, and preventing lung irritation.

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Tracheostomy in Adults.”

Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Tracheostomy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tracheostomy Service.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tracheostomy.”

Medscape: “Tracheostomy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Tracheostomy.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

SOURCES:

American Thoracic Society: “Tracheostomy in Adults.”

Department of Health & Human Services, State Government of Victoria, Australia: “Tracheostomy.”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Tracheostomy Service.”

Mayo Clinic: “Tracheostomy.”

Medscape: “Tracheostomy.”

National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute: “Tracheostomy.”

Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario on July 13, 2020

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