During the COVID-19 pandemic, with a surge of critically unwell patients requiring ventilatory support, it was anticipated that would lead to a growing number of patients requiring tracheostomies to support extubation.
Linking with the National Tracheostomy Safety project (NTSP) and their COVID-19 recommendations, this project involved working with teams in acute services to adopt and use the following three evidence-based tracheostomy safety interventions;
• Bedhead signs for patients
• Standardised ‘bedside’ tracheostomy emergency equipment
• Standardised tracheostomy daily care bundle
This project was undertaken as part of a wider national project delivery and was supported by a Tracheostomy Toolkit, developed by the NTSP and AHSN, which provided further guidance and support to teams delivering acute tracheostomy care across England.
This project is now closed. However, if you are interested in learning more about the project, please contact the patient safety team via the enquiries button.