Caring for patients with a temporary tracheostomy

This learning module has been accredited by the Royal College of Nursing and was last updated in 2019.

All modules are subject to external double-blind peer review and checked for plagiarism using automated software.

Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Students, Qualified Nurses


Rebecca Myatt, Nurse case manager (thoracic surgery), Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, London, England.

Short description

Safety considerations are vital when caring for patients with a temporary tracheostomy. Learn how to detect and resolve problems early with reference to best practice guidelines.

Detailed description

Safety considerations are important when caring for a patient with a temporary tracheostomy. Early detection and resolution of problems in tracheostomy management are important to prevent serious incidents arising. Nurses working outside critical care areas need to be competent and confident in the management or detection of potential problems with tracheostomies. This learning module summarises the essential care of a patient with a temporary tracheostomy with reference to best practice guidelines, emphasising the importance of prompt intervention and response, if a potential problem is identified.


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