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Care of the Patient with a Tracheostomy Tube

Staff caring for patients with a tracheostomy tube should be able to identify which type of tracheostomy tube the patient has in situ and be familiar with the care and potential problems that may arise. The following is intended as a guide to best care. If unsure, please seek advice from a practitioner familiar with the management of tracheostomies.

On a regular basis all patients with tracheostomy tubes should be observed to ensure that patient safety and record of care is maintained (see Appendix 1).  In order to prevent complications and minimise risk to patients there are some basic checks that are required to be undertaken to ensure patient safety.

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