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COURSE DESCRIPTION (For a Class size of 12)

Tracheostomy Management Workshop

Tracheostomy is a surgical opening in the trachea. Tracheostomies are becoming increasingly common place both within the acute setting and the community.  As a result of this there is an expectation of increased knowledge and more advanced nursing and healthcare skills caring for these patients. This tracheostomy care training course aims to familiarise students with the reasons for tracheostomy and will raise awareness and ensure staff have sufficient knowledge to work safely around them.


  • Legislation and National Guidelines
  • Principles of Consent for Treatment
  • Risk Assessment
  • History of Tracheostomy
  • Tracheostomy and its Indications
  • Techniques for Performing Tracheostomy
  • Review of Anatomy and Physiology
  • Tracheostomy: Contraindications, Advantages and Disadvantages
  • Post Operative Management
  • Complications of Tracheostomy
  • Types of Tracheostomy Tubes
  • Infection Prevention and Control
  • Humidification
  • Care of Tracheostomy
  • Suctioning
  • Tracheobronchial Suctioning
  • Types of Tracheal Suctioning
  • Patient Assessment
  • Equipment for Suctioning
  • Hazards of Suctioning
  • Tracheostomy Suction Preparation
  • Tracheostomy Stoma Care
  • Tracheostomy Emergencies
  • Accidental Decannulation
  • Emergency Tracheostomy Management
  • Tracheostomy Removal
  • Factors that affect Communication
  • Contraindications for Speaking Valve use
  • Factors that may affect swallowing
  • Documentation and Record Keeping
  • Knowledge and Skills Competency

    Upon completion delegates will receive certificate of attendance.NB: Competency must be achieved within the workplace within 6 months of attending the course.We are unable to organise any voluntary work in hospitals for you to gain further experience. You will have to arrange this yourself.

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