Tracheotomy, Updated

About the Course:
This advanced course covers when, why, and how a tracheotomy is performed as well as routine and emergency care for a tracheostomy tube. It describes various types of tracheostomy tubes and explains adjuncts to tracheostomy tubes, such as speaking valves and buttons. For clinicians in practice who care for patients with a tracheostomy, this course will improve knowledge and increase the competence of the caregiver. For clinicians who also may assist in the placement of the tracheostomy tube, this course fully explains the process and expectations of the assistant. 
Learning Objectives: 
After completing this course, the learner will be able to: 
  • Define tracheotomy and list indications and contraindications of tracheotomy. 
  • List the complications of a tracheotomy, including those associated with the actual surgical procedure and the complications over time. 
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a tracheotomy.
  • Describe the surgical and percutaneous tracheotomy procedure and how to assist the physician with the procedure, including the verification of correct placement of the tracheostomy tube on chest X-ray. 
  • List the steps, equipment, and supplies required for tracheostomy care and discuss problems that may be encountered during the procedure and the decannulation process. 
  • Describe the components of a tracheostomy tube, trach accessories, and different types of tracheostomy tubes. 
About the Author: 
Lisa Conry, RRT, is a registered respiratory therapist with 42 years of experience in the field. For the past 31 years she has been a respiratory care educator. She has a bachelor of general studies degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a master of arts degree from the Ohio State University. She obtained her registry by attending the Advanced Practitioner Program at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She has reviewed numerous publications and authored several modules for an online respiratory care program developed by Jones and Bartlett Learning.
How to Receive Credit
  • Read the entire course online or in print.
  • Depending on your state requirements you will be asked to:
  • Complete a mandatory test (a passing score of 75 percent is required). Test questions link content to learning objectives as a method to enhance individualized learning and material retention.
  • Provide required personal information and payment information.
  • Complete the mandatory Course Evaluation.
  • Print your Certificate of Completion.
Resolution of Conflict of Interest
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The information provided in this activity is for continuing education purposes only and is not meant to substitute for the independent medical judgment of a healthcare provider relative to diagnostic and treatment options of a specific patient’s medical condition.

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