Tracheostomy Training

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Tracheostomy training online course
Tracheostomy Training
Suitable for Care Assistant, Senior Care Assistant, Team Leader / Supervisor, Nurse
60+ minutes
Free (ex. VAT)
Certificate £2.99 (ex. VAT)
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Learning outcomes
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract
  • Explain what a tracheostomy is, and why a tracheostomy may be required
  • Identify the parts of a tracheostomy tube, discuss common tube types, and be aware of tube accessories and appliances
  • Explain what tracheostomy humidification is and describe how this is carried out in practice
  • Explain what tracheostomy suctioning is and describe how this is carried out in practice
  • Apply the principles of wound care and infection control to appreciate how to manage a tracheostomy site
  • Appreciate the difficulties someone with a tracheostomy may have communicating, and discuss how communication may be facilitated
  • Describe how a tracheostomy tube is replaced
  • Define ‘downsizing’ and ‘decannulation’, and appreciate how this is done in practice
  • Detail the important considerations in regard to long-term tracheostomy care and management, including the importance of oral care and nutrition
  • About this course

    In this in-depth module we cover what a tracheostomy is, why a person may have one, what it does, and how to manage and care for a person with a tracheostomy. We look at the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory tract as well as the theory around tracheostomy suctioning, replacement, downsizing, decannulation and humidification in practice. We also cover long-term tracheostomy care and management, including the importance of oral care and nutrition. This module is CPD accredited.

    Course curriculum
    Chapter 1 : What is a Tracheostomy?
    Chapter 2 : Anatomy and Physiology of the Respiratory Tract
    Chapter 3 : Why Might Someone Need a Tracheostomy?
    Chapter 4 : Tracheostomy Procedure
    Chapter 5 : Tracheostomy Tubes
    Chapter 6 : Humidification
    Chapter 7 : Suctioning
    Chapter 8 : Managing a Tracheostomy Stoma
    Chapter 9 : Communication
    Chapter 10 : Swallowing
    Chapter 11 : Replacing a Tracheostomy Tube
    Chapter 12 : Downsizing and Decannulation
    Chapter 13 : Long-term Care
    Chapter 14 : Complications
    Chapter 15 : Summary
    Chapter 16 : A Chance to Reflect
    Chapter 17 : References
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