Respiratory Therapy: Tracheotomy, 2nd Edition

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About Course #V7285

Release Date: August 22, 2017

Expiration Date: September 22, 2020

This advanced course begins with an outline and description of the indications, contraindications and complications of a tracheotomy. It follows with a discussion of the surgical procedure, equipment and supplies, and management strategies relating to a tracheotomy. Other important topics in this course include preparation for surgical procedure, position of the tracheostomy tube on chest x-ray, landmarks, Seldinger method, ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP), routine and emergency tracheostomy tube change. Specialty tracheostomy tubes are also discussed in this course. They include laryngectomy tubes, armored wire spiral-lined tubes, tight-to-shaft tubes, fenestrated tubes, foam cuff tubes, metal tracheostomy tubes, speaking tracheostomy tubes, Olympic Button, Kistner Valve, and Montgomery Valve. Clinical practice exercise and post-test questions are provided to reinforce attainment of learning objectives.

Course Objectives

  • Define tracheotomy and list indications and contraindications of tracheotomy.
  • List the complications of a tracheotomy, including those associated with the actual surgical procedure and the complications over time.
  • Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of a tracheotomy.
  • Describe the surgical and percutaneous tracheotomy procedure and how to assist the physician with the procedure, including the verification of correct placement of the tracheostomy tube on chest X-ray.
  • List the steps, equipment, and supplies required for tracheostomy care and discuss problems that may be encountered during the procedure and the decannulation process.
  • Describe the components of a tracheostomy tube, trach accessories, and different types of tracheostomy tubes.

About the Author(s)

Lisa Conry, RRT, is a registered respiratory therapist with 38 years of experience in the field. For the past 25 years she has been a respiratory care educator. She has a bachelor of general studies degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, and a master of arts degree from the Ohio State University. She obtained her registry by attending the Advanced Practitioner Program at the University of Chicago Hospitals and Clinics. She has reviewed numerous publications and authored several modules for an online respiratory care program developed by Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Course Disclosures

  • Courses must be completed on or before the expiration date noted in the course description above.
  • You must score 75% or higher on the final exam and complete the course evaluation to pass this course and receive a certificate of completion.
  • Through our review processes, Western Schools ensures that this course content is presented in a balanced, unbiased manner and is free from commercial influence. It is Western Schools' policy not to accept commercial support.
  • All persons involved in the planning and development of this course have disclosed no relevant financial relationships or other conflicts of interest related to the course content.

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