Pediatric patients with congenital and acquired conditions may require a tracheostomy tube. To care for a child with a tracheostomy tube, clinicians must understand the reason the child requires a tracheostomy, the functional status of the child’s upper airway, and the child’s medical condition. Children with tracheostomies routinely receive care in both home and healthcare settings. Patients with tracheostomies can experience complications and there is an increased risk of death associated with tracheostomy-related emergencies. The management of a child with a tracheostomy requires clinicians to be skilled in routine and emergency tracheostomy care.
This CE activity is accredited for 1.00 Advanced CEH by Relias LLC, an organization accredited by Commission on Accreditation for Pre-Hospital Continuing Education (CAPCE).
Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services (CEBroker Provider #50-290)
Tennessee Department of Health: Emergency Medical Services (CEBroker Provider # 50-290)
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: Pediatric Tracheostomy Emergencies
Pediatric Respiratory Anatomy and Pathophysiology
Tracheostomy Management and Care
Tracheostomy Emergency Response
Section 3: Clinical Vignette
Section 4: Conclusion
Expert Reviewer: Lawrence Isaacs, MD, FAAEM,FACEP
Stephanie was educated and trained in New York State as a Licensed Practical Nurse where she practiced pediatric hematology/oncology nursing at the Children's Hospital of Buffalo and has over 25 years of clinical nursing experience. She earned her Associate in Science in Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and Master of Science in Nursing with a concentration in Nursing Leadership and Administration from Excelsior College. She is a Certified Pediatric Nurse (CPN), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) certified, and is a former PALS instructor. Her clinical expertise is in acute pediatric medical surgical nursing and case management for children with medical complexity. She most recently worked at Duke Children's Hospital as a Nurse Clinician before coming to Relias.Disclosure: Stephanie M. Smith MS, BSN, RN, CPN has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
Lawrence Isaacs, MD, FAAEM,FACEP is the System Neuroscience and Stroke Medical Director, Lee Health and Emergency Department Medical Director, Gulf Coast Medical Center, Fort Myers, FL Disclosure: Lawrence Isaacs, MD, FAAEM,FACEP has no Relevant Financial or Non-Financial Relationship with ineligible companies to disclose.
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