Tracheostomy Care


The Tracheostomy Care Group at South Tees Hospitals NHS Trust was formed in February 2010. The broad purpose of this multidisciplinary group is to enhance the care and safety of patients with tracheostomies.

More specific aims are:

    • To ensure best practice is utilised throughout the trust on the management of tracheostomy patients and the management of patients with established laryngectomies
    • To produce evidence based guidelines on optimal tracheostomy care for use within the James Cook University Hospital and the Friarage Hospital, Northallerton
    • Provide teaching sessions to ward areas that frequently see tracheostomy patients based on these guidelines
    • To audit aspects of tracheostomy care, particularly critical incidences and compliance with the guidelines
    • To provide a competency package for ward staff caring for tracheostomy patients.

The group membership incorporates clinical staff from Critical Care, ENT and Maxillo-Facial surgery, Trauma, Neurosciences, Spinal Cord Injury services, as well as educators from Critical Care and the Resuscitation Department. The membership includes nurses, physiotherapists, speech and language therapist, doctors and clinical educators.

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