About half of deaths in patients with a tracheostomy occur as a result of displacement or dislodgement of the tube.
However, a national enquiry has found there is no mandatory training for staff on this care issue, with around a quarter of hospitals not offering any training on how to manage displacement or dislodgement. These patients begin their care pathway in critical care but will also be cared for on general wards and in the community as they progress.
This week we have the first article in our four-part series on caring for patients with a tracheostomy, which details the main principles of care to keep these patients safe. Subsequent articles in the series will discuss how to care for a temporary or permanent tracheostomy and caring for people with a laryngectomy.