Conservation plans in place to address national shortage of Bivona tracheostomy tubes

Raw material shortages continue to impact the supply chain for health care products. The Food and Drug Administration recently released a statement about the impact on the Bivona line of tracheostomy tubes, specifically mentioning neonatal/pediatric tracheostomy tubes. 

What this means

In order to conserve current stock of these items, please communicate with the appropriate physicians/surgeons prior to procedures to ensure stock is available of the desired product.   

Although UI Health Care has a limited supply of these items, there is a process in place to reprocess for single patient use. Currently, other adult tracheostomy lines are not affected; however, we are monitoring closely for potential impact.  


Please contact Dawn Huff ( or Frank Eischens ( with any questions.