Welcome to another Minute review with Scott! In this installment, Scott reviews a pocket-sized piece of EMS gear – the trach wedge. Ordering a few trach wedges to keep in your pocket won’t break the bank. Plus, these little devices really come in handy when your switching a patient’s respirator. Watch the video to learn more!

Trach wedge: An essential piece of EMS gear for all providers

When you’re working with an endotracheal tube or a tracheostomy tube, secretions can build up. These secretions can make it difficult to remove the tube from the device to which it’s connected. And when you’re taking care of a patient in the prehospital setting, you can’t exactly take your time when switching from one respiratory device to another. That’s where the trach wedge comes in.

First, place the wedge between the device and the endotrachael or tracheostomy tube. Next, give the tube a little tug and it should come right off. And that’s it! You can now switch the patient from the hospital’s device to your own device and continue providing care.

If you don’t already have a few trach wedges in  your EMS gear bag, you should be able to find some in the packaging for the endotrachael tubes your unit uses. Make sure to always keep several in your pocket — you never know when you’ll need one!

To learn more about providing care with respiratory devices, check out our Live Individual ALS-1 and Live Individual BLS-5 courses!