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

What are the options when my loved one cannot come off the breathing machine?

Click on each option for more information. Remember, not all options are possible for every patient. Talk to the medical team to understand which options are possible for your loved one.

Focus on Comfort Without Machines or Long-Term Life Support

Extubation with DNR/DNI

Comfort-Only Focused Approach

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

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