Tracheostomy Care – Management of Altered Airway

The National NCEPOD report: On the Right Trach? Revealed that over a quarter of hospitals managing patients with tracheostomy indicated that their staff had not received formal training in tracheostomy care and the management of blocked and displaced tubes.

This initiated the Rila Institute of Health Sciences, London to develop this Certification in the Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy and Laryngectomy) to plug this gap in formal training in knowledge and skills.

Already accredited by ENT-UK for 42 hours of CPD and approved by the Difficult Airway Society and the British Laryngological Association, the course received (in 2018) accreditation by the American Association for Respiratory Care (AARC) for 42 hours of CPD, adding another major accreditation to its roster. The 12-14 week course covers a number of major areas in the care of airways altered by medical procedures, such as tracheostomies and laryngectomies.

With a shortage of trained staff in the industry, the vote of confidence in this course will be a welcome boost to care providers, with a quarter of hospitals reporting that none of their staff receive training in tracheostomy care and the management of blocked and displaced tubes. Accreditation from the AARC demonstrates the course’s necessity and quality, this demonstrates the importance that learned bodies place on tracheostomy-related care.

The course has the potential to change the lives of tracheostomy patients as they move through the care system by greatly increasing the knowledge of issues related to the procedure throughout the health estate. By educating health professionals across many functions, patients will be handled by staff who understand their needs at every point of contact, from the surgeon who operates on them to the nurses who care for them while in hospital to the therapists who help them in their recovery. This will make it easier for them to handle common emergencies and everyday care more easily, greatly increasing patients’ comfort.

The programme director will oversee all quality and standards during the course, and passing students will be awarded a Certification in The Management of the Altered Airway (Tracheostomy & Laryngectomy).

By increasing the level of knowledge within healthcare, multidisciplinary pathways that provide continuity of care between critical care and ward clinicians can be set up, as well as facilities for decannulation and discharge planning, which will make the process easier and faster for patients

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