Skip to content

Unintentional Decannulation

nextgen learning to elevate your airway practice


Unintentional decannulation or complete dislodgment of the tracheostomy tube in a tracheostomy-dependent patient should be acted upon swiftly. Accidental decannulation of a tracheostomy tube is the unplanned or unintentional removal of the tracheostomy tube from the tracheostomy stoma (the surgically created opening in the trachea). It may become dislodged due to inadvertent movement or manipulation by the patient or caregiver. and can happen during cleaning, dressing changes, or repositioning. This situation can be potentially life-threatening, as the airway can become compromised.

How To Manage Decannulation

What’s Next


When you’re ready, it’s time to head to the next poster shown here to continue the journey through this space.

Online Only

If you can’t be with us in person, you can still use this enhanced digital content as an online course. Visit the next poster for this learning space by using the link below. Otherwise, head to the next poster above to continue through the physical learning space.