Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies
by Expert Reviewer: Zoe Kinney, RN, BSN; Instructor: Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN; Instructor: Joan A. Dougherty, RN, BSN, CPN, CSN
Credentialed for: EMT CE |


i 1.00 CEH

Course Overview

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.

About the Course Author

Zoe Kinney, RN, BSN, is a nurse coordinator, Ventilator Assisted Children/Home Program, at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pa. Zoe Kinney, RN, BSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN, is the pediatric director of special programs for BAYADA Home Health Care and is an adjunct professor of population health at Widener University in Chester, Pa Deborah S. Boroughs, MSN, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
Joan A. Dougherty, BSN, RN, CPN, CSN, is a nurse care coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. Joan A. Dougherty, RN, BSN, CPN, CSN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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  • Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education


    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). Privacy Statement 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 Details

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    Online Course
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  • Learning Objectives:

    Describe a step-wise approach to tracheostomy emergency response in the home; Describe routine tracheostomy management and emergency preparation and prevention in the home; Explain why a child may require a tracheostomy
  • Target Audience:

    The target audience for this course is: Dietitians; entry level Emergency Medical Personnel; Nurses; in the following settings: Acute Care Facility.
  • Course Delivery Method and Format:

    Asynchronous/Online Distance Learning; please see certificate details for specifics on delivery format.
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