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Safe care of patients with tracheostomies

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Why did Eileen choose this article?

The number of patients requiring tracheostomy is increasing in both hospital and community settings. Nurses need to be competent to care for these patients and recognise complications including major bleeding, pneumothorax, accidental decannulation, aspiration, respiratory infections and cardiac arrests.

A recent National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death has reviewed the care of patients undergoing a tracheostomy or laryngectomy and reviewed what happened to them in hospital and potential problems.

This article highlights the errors that can occur and the nursing implications.

Eileen Shepherd, Clinical Commissioning Editor

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