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Breathing Easier: A Guide to Tracheostomies

The staff at the University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital realizes that caring for a child with a tracheostomy is not an easy task. You will probably have many questions once your child goes home.

While this information does not replace the answers you will receive from physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals, it will provide helpful information concerning the more common issues and concerns of parents.


Breathing Easier has been reviewed and revised by the Pediatric Tracheostomy Task Force:

  • Jeannine Cheatham, MS, RN, APN--pediatric pulmonary CNS
  • Suzanne Cortez, RN--pediatric nurse case manager
  • Lynn Meyrick, RN--pediatric nurse case manager
  • Mari Wagner, RN--pediatric nurse case manager

Reviewed by

  • Fuad Baroody, MD--Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
  • Lucille Lester, MD--Pediatric Pulmonary Medicine