Fuller's tracheostomy tube
Fuller's tracheostomy tube showing its two parts, outer tube which has two flanges and the longer inner tube with a opening at its shoulder known as the speaking valve. The only disadvantage of this tube is that the patient cannot be connected to a ventilator if this tube is used. The main advantage of this tube is to bypass the obstruction. It also reduces the physiological dead space. Bronchial toileting can also be performed through this tube.
Patient will be able to speak because of the presence of opening in the outer tube.
This tube is made of German silver which does not irritate the tracheal mucosa.