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June 1960

Tracheostomy Bag

Author Affiliations

New York
Assistant Resident, Department of Otolaryngology, Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center. Trainee National Institute for Neurological Diseases and Blindness, Grant 2B., 5234.

AMA Arch Otolaryngol. 1960;71(6):956-957. doi:10.1001/archotol.1960.03770060068009

The Tracheostomy Bag has been designed to be used by post-tracheostomy, or post-laryngectomy patients in conjunction with standard-sized tracheostomy and laryngectomy tubes. The purpose is that of a receptacle for excessive bronchotracheal secretions overflowing through the orifice of the tube. The collection of these secretions in a disposable receptacle will aid in the prevention of postsurgical complications, such as maceration and infection of the area (of skin) surrounding the tracheal stoma. It will also serve to protect bed clothing and linens.

The Tracheostomy Bag is constructed of plastic (polyethylene) material, and is of rectangular shape with heat-sealed edges. It may be adapted to all sizes of standard tracheostomy (or laryngectomy) tubes by varying the length and width along with the size of the opening which receives the inner tracheostomy cannula. The superior one half of the anterior surface has been cut away, so that the bag is lower in front than behind, providing for an unobstructed airway. There is a hole, of appropriate size, in the midline of the superior portion of the posterior surface to receive the inner tracheostomy cannula. The projecting lateral edges of

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