Transtracheal Systems was a featured vendor at our recent CLHC “Moving Mountains Conference” last October 2016. See them again on October 7, 2017
Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy (TTOT)
Transtracheal Oxygen is another way to deliver long-term oxygen through a surgical procedure that places a plastic tube or catheter into the windpipe also known as the trachea.
The procedure has been around since 1986 and tens of thousands of people have had the catheter inserted for a variety of disease states or conditions. While the vast majority have a diagnosis of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) others that use TTO are known to have Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF), bronchiectasis, and a variety of other chest disorders.
People wishing to have TTOT must meet the criteria for long term oxygen. They should be mobile outside the home at least part of the time and along with other criteria, they must comply with the Program of Care set up by the physician performing the procedure.
Some of the benefits of TTOT are that it takes the nasal cannula off the nares (nostrils) which often can become irritated. It can improve shortness of breath and decrease the work of breathing. Most importantly it empowers a person to get back to doing things they used to do and hence improve quality of life.
Studies have shown that continuous, long-term oxygen therapy improves survival, and TTOT are another way to provide oxygen to the lungs.
More information on Transtracheal Oxygen Therapy can be obtained from:
14 Inverness Drive East, Suite H-100
Englewood CO 80112
Telephone: (303) 790-4766 or (800) 527-2667
Fax: (303) 790-4588