Tracheostomy Care and Complications in the Intensive Care Unit
Linda L. Morris, PhD, APN, CCNS; Andrea Whitmer, RN, BSN, CCRN; Erik Mcintosh, RN, BSN, CCRN
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Learning Objectives

At the completion of this program, you will be able to:
  • Identify evidence-based recommendations for care, indications for placement, and general types of tracheostomies
  • Describe postoperative care of patients with a new tracheostomy
  • Describe the assessment and emergency interventions for patients with tracheostomy

Continuing Education Information

CE ID: C135
Total Contact Hours: 1.00
Pharma Hours: 0.0
Synergy Cat: A
Test Expires: 10/1/2017


Tracheotomy is a common procedure in intensive care units, and nurses must provide proper care to tracheostomy patients to prevent complications. One of the most important considerations is effective mobilization of secretions, which is achieved by adequate hydration, vigorous physical activity, and removal of secretions. A suction catheter is the most important tool. Each bedside should be equipped with a functional suctioning system, an oxygen source, a manual resuscitation bag, and a complete tracheostomy kit, which should accompany patients wherever they go in the hospital.

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