In my memories of being in ICU sometimes I could speak with difficulty and sometimes not at all.
Someone stated to explain that it depends whether the trachy is cuffed or uncuffed but then her pager bleeped and she had to go.
I think she was saying, when you’re ventilated through it, it is cuffed and you can’t speak, when they’re trying to wean you off it it’s uncuffed and you can talk, though only in a whisper.
Can anyone clarify? Did I understand her correctly? Can anyone add more details?