If you haven’t yet had a chance to take a look at the new Pocket Reference from Northern Speech Services, you should! This is a great reference tool for working with patients with trachs.
First, the guide is not much bigger than my iPhone 6. It very easily fits in my scrub top pocket. The pictures are large and very visually appealing. Each page consists of some text but is not too much to read. It is truly a reference tool.
The book consists of the following sections: Basic Tube Anatomy, Selection, Cuffs, Brand Identification, Code on Neck Plate, Sizes, Speech, Talking Trach Tubes, Speaking Valve Identification. Each section consists of pictures and texts to aid in the identification and decision making for Trach tubes and speaking valves.
Whether a seasoned or new clinician working with patients with trachs, this is definitely a guide worth the money!
Find the Quick Pocket Reference for Tracheostomy Tubes and Speaking Valves here.