Tracheostomy Management

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A patient who requires prolonged mechanical ventilation, is experiencing upper airway obstruction or needs assistance with chronic airway secretions may undergo a tracheostomy. It is vital to ensure you care for a tracheostomy carefully and thoroughly, as an adverse event such as respiratory distress may develop if the tracheostomy is not managed properly.

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A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that involves making an incision (stoma) into the trachea through the front of the neck. A tube is then inserted into the incision, creating an air passage that allows the patient to breathe directly through their trachea while avoiding their upper airway. This may be a temporary or permanent intervention.


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Jessica Everson
12 Jun 2023
Registered Nurse
Great resource
Robyn Smith
26 Jun 2020
Salient points covered throughly adding to confidence when decisions matter for critical management
Linda Robertson
12 Apr 2021
Good article.
Tracey Smith
26 Jun 2020
Very informative.
Maria Bennett
25 May 2023
Enrolled Nurse
It is a great learning resource.
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Madeline Espinoza
22 Jul 2020
It was it was a great to improve my knowledge and understanding. I would recommend this to others.
Diane Coetzee
28 Jun 2020
I was able to refresh my knowledge about tracheostomy’s to help me to take care of patients in a safe manner.
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Alexander Atipen
22 Jun 2020
Very detailed. Brief and concise.
Sukla Biswas
28 Jul 2020
I was able to refresh & gained more knowledge of Tracheostomy management, I will be able to practice in a safe manner & take correct action in emergency situation.
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