Decannulation (1602)

Key points below

Care for your childchild in the decannulation phase sitting with green toy

What is decannulation?

Care after decannulation

What follow up medical care will my child need?

When your child goes home, they will need follow up care. Your child may go to the:

The nurse on the Tracheostomy Team will help set up these appointments.

Home nursing services

Private duty nursing is no longer covered by insurance 2 weeks after decannulation. Most often, these nurses can still help for up to two weeks. Talk with your home nurses or nursing agency about

Respiratory equipment

Your child may not need most of the respiratory equipment in your home. Your home care company will be told to stop sending items that are no longer needed. This may include:

Disposable supplies will no longer be sent to your home. You may already own some of the equipment your child has been using. You will be able to keep everything you own and any
disposable supplies you already have.

Breathing treatments

Your child may still need breathing treatments. Before discharge, the Respiratory Therapist will teach you how to do the breathing treatments. You will use a mask and spacer or a mask and nebulizer.

For other health and wellness information, check out this resource:

This sheet was created to help you care for your child or family member. It does not take the place of medical care. Talk with your healthcare provider for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up.


Call your child’s doctor, nurse, or clinic if you have any questions or concerns or if your child has special health care needs that were not covered by this information.