Caring For a Patient With a Tracheostomy
This workshop is an ideal introduction to, or refresher on, the care of a person with a tracheostomy.
We can adjust this face-to-face programme to suit the needs of the group and it can be complimented with a range of our online training courses.
- Maximum no of course participants: 10.
- Course duration: 1 day.
- This course has been accredited by the CPD certification service.
Learning outcomes include:
- Understand the function of the upper and lower respiratory tract.
- Understand normal breathing processes and the impact of respiratory disease.
- Understand the rationale behind the insertion of a tracheostomy tube.
- Knowledge of the different types of tracheostomy tubes and how these can be inserted.
- Understand the principles behind and demonstrate safe techniques of caring for a patient with a tracheostomy tube.
Course content includes:
- The structure and function of both the upper and lower respiratory tract.
- The function of nose, mouth nasopharynx, oropharynx laryngopharynx, trachea bronchi and alveolar.
- The physiological control of breathing, gaseous exchange, gas transport.
- The main signs of respiratory disease, how to measure respiratory rate, how to auscultate a chest, pulse oximetry and cyanosis.
- What a tracheostomy is and the two main types of insertion surgical and percutaneous.
- Different types of tracheostomy and the major characteristics of each: cuffed, uncuffed and fenestrated.
- Care of the patient with a tracheostomy: cuff pressures, stoma care, humidification, suctioning, changing tapes, speaking, eating and drinking, changing a tracheostomy tube, mouth care, inner tubes.
- What to do if the tube blocks, becomes displaced or falls out.