Changes in Medicare payments made in 2010, are leading to an influx of patients with tracheostomies and those who are ventilator dependent into sub-acute skilled nursing facilities. Health care reform will further influence this trend and reimbursement will depend on quality care and positive outcomes. This course is for practitioners and facilities who want to be proactive in being able to meet the demand and support this fragile population.
Tracheostomy and ventilators can make even the most seasoned healthcare practitioners uneasy. For many RN’s, LPN/LVN’s, and CNA’s working in skilled nursing facilities, these patients will provide a new challenge and demand that they develop new skills. This course aims to take the mystery out of tracheostomy care. The latest technological advances for tracheostomy tubes will be reviewed. Through the use of video demonstration and thorough review of industry best practice methodologies, nurses and other healthcare practitioners will gain the knowledge and the confidence they will need to provide quality care.
Chapter 1: Basic Airway Anatomy
Chapter 2: Respiratory Distress
Chapter 3: Tracheostomy
Chapter 4: Tracheostomy Tubes
Chapter 5: Suctioning
Chapter 6: Humidity, Speaking Valves and Tracheostomy Caps
Chapter 7: Tracheostomy Care
Chapter 8: Tracheostomy Tube Changes
Chapter 9: Resources
Theresa McGauley-Keaney, Registered Respiratory Therapist, has been a practicing registered respiratory therapist in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts, since 1986, with the bulk of her experience in acute care. She earned a certificate in web design from Clark Career Institute and holds a BA in Communication from the University of Massachusetts.Read Full Bio