TRACH-Support: A Conversation Tool for Tracheostomy and Prolonged Mechanical Ventilation

How Do I Decide?
Remembering the Patient

Sometimes, patients have already told loved ones what they would want if they ever got sick. Other times, loved ones may have to use other parts of the patient’s life to figure out what they would want. For example, someone did not like doctors or hospitals may not want to be attached to machines and live in a hospital. Other people who loved being around family may be okay with a tracheostomy if they could still interact with their family. Consider the following when deciding:

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Funding by the National Institutes on Aging (1K23AG040696) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PI000116-01).