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.

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Duration: 01:00:00 Type: CPD modules Level: Nursing students, Registered nurses


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

Short description

Detecting and resolving complications and potential safety problems associated with a temporary tracheostomy. Safety considerations are vital when caring for patients with a temporary tracheostomy.

Detailed description

This learning module looks at how nurses can detect and resolve complications and potential safety problems associated with caring for a patient with a temporary tracheostomy. Tube securement, cannula and cuff management, humidification and endotracheal suctioning are discussed.


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