Tracheostomy Care - eLearning

This course provides underpinning knowledge associated with best practice for providing tracheostomy care.

To raise awareness of the legal implications of the NMC and organisational policies regarding tracheostomy care and to promote the safety and well-being of all patients who have a tracheostomy in situ.

£4.95 + VAT


By the end of the course, candidates will be able to:

  • Discuss legal and professional responsibilities associated with performing tracheostomy care within local and national guidance
  • Follow procedures for gaining consent and correct documentation
  • Describe anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Understand the need to manage health and safety risk
  • Identify and discuss the range of tracheostomy tubes, relevant accessory equipment and contents of the emergency kit
  • Identify and discuss aspects of daily care and patient considerations
  • Demonstrate practical ability in performing inner cannula and dressing changes including correct procedures for minimising infection
  • Demonstrate correct procedure for tube changes (nurses only)
  • Demonstrate correct procedure for performing suction
  • Identify potential problems and emergency situations, describing how to prevent them and what necessary interventions are required should they occur


Course Content

  • Legal and professional considerations and responsibilities
  • Consent for care and treatment
  • Anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • What is a tracheostomy?
  • History
  • Advantages
  • Statistics
  • Indications
  • Tracheostomy procedures – Percutaneous and Surgical
  • Tracheostomy tube familiarisation
  • Daily considerations
  • Potential complications
  • Daily care – overview
  • Infection prevention and control
  • Dressing and tape change
  • Inner cannula care
  • Tube changes
  • Cuff pressure checks
  • Suctioning
  • Humidification
  • Oral care
  • Observations and assessments
  • Documentation
  • Swallowing
  • Communication
  • Altered body image
  • Everyday life
  • Emergency equipment and procedures
  • Accidental decannulation
  • Weaning
  • Decannulation
  • Principles of Nursing Practice