Below is a video describing breathing through a tracheostoma, with and without an HME.
HME cassettes are designed to be removed and replaced on a daily basis. The foam media in the cassettes are treated with agents that have antimicrobial properties and help to retain moisture in the lungs. They should not be washed and reused because these agents lose their effectiveness over time or when rinsed by water or other cleaning agents.
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- Speaking slowly
- Speaking only 4-5 words in each air exhalation
- Using diaphragmatic breathing
- Over articulating the words
- Speaking by using low air pressure
Covering ( hiding) the Stoma and HME
Read at the Stoma Care section.