Tracheostomy with emphasis on perioperative nursing care

Bradford Huffman, Hany Emam, Mark Stevens


Tracheostomy is an important life-saving procedure performed by many surgical specialties.  The indications for tracheostomy are vast, most commonly for the relief of upper airway obstruction, uncontrolled tracheobroncheal secretions, obstructive sleep apnea and prolonged intubation due to respiratory insufficiency. Placement of a tracheostomy tube allows long term airway access and allows for removal of translaryngeal endotracheal tube (ETT tube). A brief discussion of anatomy and physiology, tracheostomy types, complications and post operative nursing care will be described.


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Journal of Nursing Education and Practice

ISSN 1925-4040 (Print)   ISSN 1925-4059 (Online)

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