Tracheostomy Tube Capping Trial

For children with a tracheostomy, a tracheostomy tube capping trial is used to test the ability to breathe completely through the nose and mouth. This test is performed once it has been determined that your child's airway is of proper size and that he is healthy.

A special cap is used to block the tracheostomy tube while your child's breathing effort is carefully monitored by the physician, respiratory therapist, and nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant. If successful in the office, specific instructions for cap use will be provided.