What is a Mini-trach?
Breathing exercises and physio usually do a great job at keeping your lungs clear of mucus. Sometimes people need extra help prevent a build-up of mucus in the lungs. Mucus increases the risk of a chest infection if left in the lung. If a chest infection has started, clearing the mucus helps you recover.
A mini-trach (mini track) is a short, thin tube put in the front of the neck into the windpipe and held in position with soft collar. Your nurse can then pass a thin suction tube into the windpipe and remove mucus. The suction tube also makes you cough and clear the mucus. Small amounts of oxygen can be given through the tube. When the tube is not being used a small cap is used to cover the end of the tube.