What about your saucepans
Ten years in the life of a British woman
living in the Dominican Republic

What does 'Tracheotomy' mean?

Find out what Tracheotomy means. Tracheotomy is explained by Lindsay de Feliz - author of What about your saucepans


A tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that opens up the windpipe (trachea). It is usually performed in emergency situations if enough air is not getting to the lungs, if the person cannot breathe without help, or is having problems with mucus and other secretions getting into the windpipe because of difficulty swallowing. A tracheotomy can be performed quite rapidly. The emergency room physician or surgeon makes a cut in a thin part of the voice box (larynx) called the cricothyroid membrane. A tube is inserted and connected to an oxygen bag. This emergency procedure is sometimes called a cricothyroidotomy. Chapter 5 of the book explains how an emergency tracheotomy was performed.

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"...Tracheotomyat the first clinic in San Pedro. I was carried inside and laid across a line of plastic chairs in the waiting room. The doctor on duty called a few people in the hospital, said they were unable to help and turned us away. He told the guys I needed ..."
"...Tracheotomynancial discussions were over they wheeled me along the corridor, carried me up two flights of stairs and into a small room where the doctors performed a Tracheotomy. A life saving measure they told me afterwards. Unfortunately, they cut straight through my vocal chords as they performed the procedure in ..."
"...Tracheotomys allowed to come and see me once they had done the Tracheotomy. She kept asking who had done this, but I was unable to speak. She said afterwards my arms were flailing and I was kicking my feet, and obviously having problems breathing. I knew I was drowning and ..."
"...TracheotomyLindsay’s been shot! She is going to die! Get here now. Now!” He didn't bother finishing his dinner and together with a posse of police and DNI officers, army and air force, they came charging back from La Romana to San Pedro. On the way he listened to his messages ..."
"...Tracheotomytomy was not helping. I still couldn’t breathe, so they began to bag me with oxygen. It was decided I needed chest drains and they were not available anywhere in San Pedro. The doctors told Danilo the only way of saving my life was to take me to Plaza de ..."
"...Tracheotomyd me down the stairs and into the ambulance, together with Danilo and a doctor. The doctor continued to bag me with oxygen and Danilo was trying to stop me from pulling the Tracheotomy out. It was stiflingly hot in the tiny ambulance, as I rolled from side to side ..."
"...Tracheotomytook the bag out of the Tracheotomy and stared down at me. Without the bag I could not breathe by myself. I felt myself beginning to shut down and frantically slashed my hand across my throat, the diving signal for out of air. With my other hand I waved goodbye ..."
"... in. “Lindsay, what hatping? Who do this?” Danilo asked. I started to try and speak but Dr Hussein yelled, “Don’t talk! You have a Tracheotomy, you shouldn’t speak!” The three policemen bent closer. I signalled two with my hand. “Haitian or Dominican?” demanded the police. ..."
"...Tracheotomy finding it hard to breathe, couldn’t speak, and every time I coughed, which was every few minutes or so, the Tracheotomy tube flew across the room and someone had to put it back in, having cleaned off the dust and fluff. No one was keen on this job and ..."

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