Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies - 18-GANN-F3-0049

Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies

Just a Breath Away

by Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN and Joan McNichol Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN
(4.7 / 235 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Emergency Medical Services (1.00 CEH)

Price: $5.00
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To care for a child with a tracheostomy tube, healthcare professionals must understand the reason the child needs a tracheostomy tube, the functional status of the child’s upper airway, and the child’s medical condition. Children with tracheostomies are routinely being cared for in the home and community settings. Tracheostomies are not without complications, and numerous studies show that there is an increased mortality rate associated with tracheal complications during emergencies. Management of a child with a tracheostomy requires home and community nurses to be skilled in routine and emergency tracheostomy care. This module provides information on the management of pediatric tracheostomies and emergencies associated with them for home care nurses, medical day care nurses, school nurses, other nurses working in the community with children with tracheostomies, dietitians, and EMS professionals.


The goal of this tracheostomy management continuing education program is to discuss the management of pediatric tracheostomies and emergencies associated with them for home care nurses and dietitians. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Explain why a child may require a tracheostomy
  • Describe routine tracheostomy management and emergency preparation and prevention in the home
  • Describe a step-wise approach to tracheostomy emergency response in the home

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for an interprofessional audience, including nurses, EMTs and paramedics, and dietitians.
EMTs and paramedics: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.0 Basic CEH by OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
This course is also approved by the Florida Bureau of Emergency Medical Services (provider # 50-1489) for 10/29/2018 to 12/02/2020.
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I understand that OnCourse Learning, a Relias LLC company, as a requirement of CAPCE accreditation will submit a record of my course completions to the CAPCE AMS. I further understand that my course completion records may be accessed by or shared with such regulators as state EMS offices, training officers, and NREMT on a password-protected need-to-know basis. In addition, I understand that I may review my record of CAPCE-accredited course completions by contacting CAPCE.

Course Originally Released on: 3/22/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/17/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 10/30/2021

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. Relias LLC guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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MARISSA B - Hampton, VA  ·  May 24, 2020
great course! A lot of helpful information!
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Kerri B - Crawfordville, FL  ·  May 23, 2020
not at this time ..,....
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Janelle T - Anaheim, CA  ·  May 22, 2020
great refresher course
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Luke G - Hillsboro, TX  ·  May 17, 2020
adequate to cover required material
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Katelynn B - naples, FL  ·  May 14, 2020
great review, I will add much knowledge into my clinical practice
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Price: $5.00
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