Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies - RD578

Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies

Just a Breath Away

by Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN and Joan McNichol Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN
(4.8 / 8 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Dietetics/Nutrition (1.00 CPEU)

Price: $20.00
CE-PRO Price: $10.00


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, paramedics and EMTs, and dietitians.
Dietitians: 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.
Relias LLC, is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR). Continuing Professional Education Provider Accreditation does not constitute endorsement by CDR of a provider, program or materials. This course is a Level 2 course. Suggested CDR Learning Codes: 3000, 3050, 5000, 5390. 
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Council of Dietetics and Nutrition (provider # FBN 50-1489).

Course Originally Released on: 3/22/2010
Date of Most Recent Review: 8/17/2017
Course Termination/Update Date: 8/17/2020

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.


For Florida professionals:

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LISA M - Middletown, DE  ·  Oct 19, 2018
information was very helpful. I learned a lot.
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BRIGID K - Fort Myers, FL  ·  Mar 13, 2018
5 I found the info usefuland will use it to standardize care for our home trach patients
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Nikki B - Washington, IL  ·  Sep 24, 2015
It was very informative
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Price: $20.00
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