Tracheostomy is a common operative procedure done to create a temporary surgical airway. The terms tracheostomy and tracheotomy both signify the same procedure. The airway is usually done in the cervical area in patients who are either not able to wean off the endotracheal tube or those who need more aggressive clearing of their oral secretions. Tracheostomy requires creation of an opening in the cervical trachea and inserting a cannula. A mature tract from the skin usually takes seven to 10 days to form.
The goal of this tracheostomy continuing education program is to provide surgical technologists with adequate information about tracheostomy, its indications and potential complications. Once you have studied the material presented here, you will be able to:
- Describe the anatomy of the trachea
- List indications and contraindications for a tracheostomy
- Discuss the steps involved in performing a tracheostomy in adults and children
This course is approved for surgical techs from April 1, 2012 through March 31, 2015.
This continuing education activity is approved for 2.50 CE credits by the Association of Surgical Technologists, Inc., for continuing education for the Certified Surgical Technologist and Certified Surgical First Assistant. This recognition does not imply that AST approves or endorses any product or products that are discussed or mentioned in enduring material.
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