Tracheostomy care: the role of the nurse, before, during and after insertion

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Flaherty, C. 2020. Tracheostomy care: the role of the nurse, before, during and after insertion. Nursing Standard. 35 (8), pp. 76-82. https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2020.e11500
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TitleTracheostomy care: the role of the nurse, before, during and after insertion
AuthorsFlaherty, C.
Abstract

A tracheostomy is a surgical procedure that involves creating an opening and inserting a tube in the trachea to enable air transit from the external atmosphere to the lungs. The insertion of a tracheostomy is a common procedure used to wean patients from mechanical ventilation and to manage patients with upper respiratory tract complications. Furthermore, the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in many patients requiring a tracheostomy as part of respiratory management. The two most commonly used tracheostomy insertion procedures are the open surgical tracheostomy and the percutaneous dilatation tracheostomy, both of which are associated with a range of complications. This article outlines the indications, benefits and complications of tracheostomy insertion, as well as the various types of tracheostomy tube that may be used. It also explains the role of the nurse in caring for patients before, during and after tracheostomy insertion, including the management of tracheostomy-related complications and emergencies.

PublisherRCN Publishing Company
JournalNursing Standard
ISSN0029-6570
Electronic2047-9018
Publication dates
PrintJul 2020
Publication process dates
Deposited30 Mar 2022
Accepted03 Jul 2019
Output statusPublished
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.7748/ns.2020.e11500
LanguageEnglish
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