This bedside guide is intended for the use of all healthcare staff who are looking after adult patients with tracheostomies. The tasks described should NOT be attempted by those who have not received training or been deemed as competent in tracheostomy care and management.
This guide does not override the responsibility of the healthcare provider to use professional judgement and make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of each patient in consultation with the patient and/or guardian.
Whilst this document is aimed primarily at staff working in secondary care, much of the material is applicable to primary care (GPs, community care homes and carers). It is designed to help you provide consistent, high quality care for your patients with a tracheostomy.
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NotesCommissioned by: Chartered Institute of Ergonomics & Human Factors.
Project Lead: Professor Sue Hignett
Clinicians: Katie Whittle, Programme Manager for Patient Safety, Innovation Agency, Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) for North West Coast
Dr Brendan McGrath National Clinical Advisor for National Patient Safety Improvement Programmes’ COVID-19 Response (Safe Tracheostomy Care)
Dr Ash Williams (University Hospitals of Plymouth NHS Trust); Jo Wailling (Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand), Mr John Pickles (CHFG), Dr Andrew Cooney (Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Trust), Dr Joerg Kuehne (Human Reliability Associates Ltd)
C.ErgHF: Janette Edmonds, James Bunn, Fiona Johnson (The Keil Centre Ltd); Dr Laura Pickup (HSIB); Dr Helen Vosper (Robert Gordon University); Dr Will Green (University of Leicester); Dr Val Noble (St Luke’s Hospice, Plymouth); Dr David Embrey, Jamie Henderson (Human Reliability Associates Ltd)
Courtney Grant (Transport for London), Dr Tracey Herlihey (HSIB), Mellissa Burnside (The Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Julie Platten (North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust), Elenna Talbot (The Walton Centre NHS Foundation Trust), Nadine Weeks (Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust), Christina Lamont (Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust), Emma Forster (Lancashire and South Cumbria Regional Tracheostomy Service)
Faculty of Intensive Care Medicine: Dr Peter MacNaughton;
Intensive Care Society: Dr Shondipon Laha
Royal College of Speech & Language Therapy: Lee Bolton, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Grainne Brady, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust; Dr Margaret Coff ey, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Dr Justin Roe, The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust & Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust; Sarah Wallace, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
British Laryngological Association: Prof Martin Birchall (University College London)
DepositorProf Sue Hignett. Deposit date: 13 April 2021