Buyer’s Guide: Tracheostomy Masks

Tracheostomy masks are essential medical devices used to deliver oxygen and aerosol therapy to patients who have undergone a tracheotomy. These masks are designed to fit over the stoma, which is created during the tracheotomy procedure. They are available in a variety of styles and sizes, and each one is designed to meet the unique needs of the patient.

When it comes to purchasing a tracheostomy mask, there are several factors that must be taken into consideration. The team here at Medical Monks aims to guide you through those considerations to find the best trach mask for your particular needs. 

Diving into tracheostomy masks, we’ll guide you on their uses, share tips on how to utilize them, and help you find the perfect fit. And if you’re wondering where to purchase them, look no further – our top two options are listed right here – in case you don’t want to scroll down. 

With that, let’s dive in!

What is a Tracheostomy Mask?

A tracheostomy mask is a medical device used to deliver aerosol therapy to patients who have undergone a tracheostomy procedure. A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision in the neck and creating a direct airway through an opening in the trachea. This procedure is usually performed when patients have difficulty breathing through their nose or mouth, or when they need long-term mechanical ventilation.

A tracheostomy mask is designed to fit over the stoma (the opening in the neck), allowing aerosol therapy and/or oxygen to be delivered directly to the lungs, bypassing the nose and mouth. Tracheostomy masks are typically made of soft, flexible materials that conform to the shape of the patient’s neck and face.

Tracheostomy masks come in various sizes and styles to accommodate different patient needs. These masks are designed for use with nebulizers and/or for oxygen therapy. They may also include features such as adjustable oxygen flow rates, add-on humidification chambers, and the ability to connect other respiratory equipment to help patients breathe more comfortably.

How to Use a Tracheostomy Mask

Using a tracheostomy mask can be a bit daunting at first, but with a bit of practice, it can become second nature. Here are some steps to follow when using a tracheostomy mask:

  1. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water before handling the mask.
  2. Check the mask for any cracks or damage before use. If the mask is damaged, do not use it and dispose of it properly.
  3. Place the mask over the tracheostomy tube. Make sure the mask fits snugly and securely (but not too tight).
  4. Connect the mask to the oxygen supply tubing or nebulizer. Adjust the oxygen flow rate or administer the aerosol therapy as prescribed by the healthcare provider.
  5. Adjust the elastic straps on the mask to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.
  6. Monitor the patient’s comfort level in regard to the mask and adjust the straps as needed.

It is important to follow the healthcare provider’s instructions when using a tracheostomy mask for oxygen or aerosol therapy. They will provide guidance on the specific details and how often to use the mask. 

If the patient experiences any discomfort or difficulty breathing while using the mask, stop use immediately and contact the healthcare provider.

Types of Tracheostomy Masks

Tracheostomy masks are available in different types to meet various needs. Here are our top recommended tracheostomy masks.  

Hudson RCI Tracheostomy Masks

The Hudson RCI Tracheostomy Masks are specially designed for patients who have undergone tracheostomy and laryngectomy procedures. These masks facilitate oxygen and/or aerosol therapy, ensuring that the patient receives optimal care.

Key features include:  

  • Swivel Tubing Connector: The mask’s tubing connector can rotate 360 degrees, providing flexibility and ease of positioning. This feature allows for enhanced patient comfort and care provider convenience during therapy.
  • Universal Connector: With its 22-mm OD (outer diameter) connector, the mask is compatible with 22-mm corrugated tubing as well as nebulizer tees. This ensures that the mask can easily be integrated with various medical devices and equipment.
  • Different Sizes: The Hudson RCI Tracheostomy Masks are available in both pediatric and adult sizes. This ensures a snug and comfortable fit, catering to a wide range of patient age groups.
  • High-Quality: The masks are of superior quality, ensuring durability and reliability during therapy sessions.

AirLife Disposable Trach Mask

The AirLife Disposable Trach Mask, manufactured by Cardinal Health, is another recommended solution designed to cater to the unique needs of tracheostomy patients. Prioritizing both functionality and patient comfort, this mask offers both quality and affordability. 

Key features include: 

  • Latex-Free Design: The AirLife Disposable Trach Mask is latex-free, ensuring safety for patients who may have latex allergies.
  • Available Sizes: The mask comes in both pediatric and adult sizes.
  • Comfortable Neckband: The neckband of the mask is designed to be non-irritating and does not cause biting discomfort, ensuring that the patient can wear the mask without feeling any undue strain or irritation.
  • Swivel Tubing Connector: The mask boasts a swivel tubing connector that ensures ease of interaction without compromising the patient’s comfort or the efficiency of the treatment.
  • Convenient Strap Clips: These clips allow the mask to be detached or adjusted without causing significant disturbance to the patient. 

Tracheostomy Oxygen Mask

When using the above-mentioned trach masks for oxygen delivery, you will need an adaptor along with oxygen tubing to connect to the oxygen concentrator. You can use the following adaptors and tubing to make sure everything fits properly: 

Hudson RCI Tubing Adaptor

If you need to receive oxygen through the trach mask, the Hudson RCI Tubing Adaptor is essential. It easily connects to the mask and features a tapered nipple to link the oxygen tubing (see below) to the oxygen source.

Hudson RCI Oxygen Supply Tubing

The Hudson RCI Oxygen Supply Tubing is made of vinyl and designed to connect the oxygen concentrator on one end and the Hudson RCI Tubing Adaptor on the other. 

Available in various lengths ranging from 7 to 50 feet, this tubing is crafted with Star Lumen technology. This design incorporates a channeled inner lumen that effectively resists kinking and crushing.

Tracheostomy Nebulizer Mask

When using a trach mask with a nebulizer, consider opting for the AirLife Misty Max 10 Disposable Nebulizer Without Mask nebulizer cup to be used with the masks listed above. Note that this specific package does not come with a mask, which is fine if you are planning to acquire one of the specialized trach masks mentioned above. 

This nebulizer package includes the tubing, adaptor, and nebulizer cup.

Considerations When Buying a Tracheostomy Mask

When purchasing a tracheostomy mask, there are several factors to consider to ensure that the mask is appropriate for the patient’s needs. Here are some key considerations to keep in mind:

  • Size: It is crucial to select the right size of tracheostomy mask to ensure that it fits the patient’s tracheostomy tube securely. The mask should not be too tight or too loose, as this can cause discomfort and interfere with breathing. 
  • Material: Tracheostomy masks are available in different materials, including silicone and PVC. Silicone masks are more flexible and comfortable, while PVC masks are more rigid and durable. The choice of material depends on the patient’s needs and preferences.
  • Additional Features: Some tracheostomy masks come with additional features, such as suction catheter access and more. You can also find adaptors and connectors (as highlighted above with nebulizers and oxygen) to help with the specific purpose and effectiveness of the mask.


Purchasing a tracheostomy mask can be a daunting task, but with the right knowledge and resources, it can be made easier. This buyer’s guide provides a comprehensive overview of the factors to consider when purchasing a tracheostomy mask.

The first step is to determine the patient’s needs and preferences, including the size and type of mask. It is also important to consider the material of the mask and its durability. 

When considering the various options available in the market, it is important to compare prices, features, and customer reviews.

Overall, the team at Medical Monks aims to be a valuable resource for anyone looking to purchase a tracheostomy mask. If you have additional questions, don’t hesitate to get in contact with one of our product specialists via email, phone, chat, or text.

The MEDICAL MONKS STAFF brings to the table decades of combined knowledge and experience in the medical products industry.

Edited for content by ADAM PAGE.

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