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Trach Talk: Current Clinical Trends and Patient Perspectives

Course: #6634 Level: Intermediate1 Hour 45 Reviews

This course is designed for clinicians with varying levels of experience working with tracheostomy tubes. Indications for, and methodologies used to perform a tracheotomy, as well as applications for various trach styles, sizes, features, and communication options will be discussed. Best practices in assessment and treatment will be emphasized including documentation, subglottic suction, manometry, and upper airway auscultation. Unique perspectives and tips for practitioners will also be shared by a trach user.

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Learning Outcomes

  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to state 3 indications for tracheostomy.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to state two benefits of subglottic suction.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to locate the inner diameter (ID) & outer diamater (OD) of a trach tube and discuss how trach size impacts clinical decision making.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to identify 3 options for restoration of verbal communication.
  • checkmarkAfter this course, participants will be able to describe the role of auscultation at the upper airway in assessing a patient’s tolerance of a speaking valve.


0-5 Minutes Intro, disclosures, and course objectives
5-10 Minutes Indications for Tracheotomy and how Tracheotomies are performed
10-15 Minutes Styles, sizes and variations in tracheostomy tubes
15-20 Minutes Above-the-cuff suction
20-35 Minutes Verbal communication options for spontaneously breathing patients
35-40 Minutes Assessment and therapeutic intervention
40-45 Minutes Sequelae of tracheotomy
45-50 Minutes Did you know? One trach user’s perspective
50-55 Minutes Swallowing and trach tubes
55-60 Minutes Conclusion; Q&A


45 Reviews
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