Home Care of Pediatric Tracheostomies, Ventilators, and G-Tubes

Join us for this free engaging webinar to help care for children with a trach or vent!
Certificates available for all participants!

Trach/vent children often have unmet or under-achieved health and developmental needs, particularly in their language and motor skill development. Their physical restrictions from the vent or oxygen make it difficult for them to move and learn skills independently. Trachs do not allow good vocalization, and children miss the early language development from babbling and responding to language cues. These challenges lead to severe motor and language delays attributable to a loss of stimulation. In addition, many children are recurrently acutely sick and hospitalized for prolonged lengths. When children are admitted, especially babies, they lose even more time to develop at home. Although there is no absolute way to avoid illness, strategies like good pulmonary toilet, oral hygiene, trach maintenance, and frequent mobilization can improve pulmonary reserve and reduce infections. However, this care requires full alignment of home nursing and families.

Overall, the healthcare community has poor awareness of why children are trached or vented. Most healthcare providers are unfamiliar with airway and lung diseases in children, and thus assume trach/vent children to be neurologically or cognitively impaired. This knowledge deficit creates a huge disparity between a trached child and a non-trached child with the same cognitive capacity. When the trach and vent are seen as the reason for the child not speaking or walking, healthcare providers accept the child status quo. Unless the delay is seen as amenable, healthcare providers will not act on it.
When more people understand these children, their needs, and how to take care of them, trach/vent children have access to more providers and services. This activity will result in improved healthcare outcomes throughout their lives.
This activity is supported by La Rabida Children's Hospital.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for families, home and school nurses, and early intervention therapists in the Midwest dedicated to providing care to children with tracheostomies and those living on ventilators.

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Perform open and closed pediatric tracheostomy suctioning;
  • Replace pediatric tracheostomy ties;
  • Change cuffed and cuffless pediatric tracheostomy tubes with and without a ventilator;
  • Describe how to respond to home ventilator alarms;
  • Tell how to clean and change a pediatric gastrostomy tube and use it for feeding and medications;
  • Discuss how to interact socially with a child with a tracheostomy and G-tube.
Additional information
ACGME/ABMS Core Competencies: 
Patient Care and Procedural Skills
Medical Knowledge
Practice-based Learning and Improvement
Interpersonal and Communication Skills
For more information, please contact:
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Center for Continuing Medical Education
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Available credit: 
  • 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™
  • 1.50 Nursing Contact Hours
  • 1.50 Occupational Therapist
  • 1.50 Participation
  • 1.50 Physical Therapist
Activity opens: 
Activity expires: 
Online Presentation
United States
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ACCESSIBILITY The University of Chicago is committed to providing equal access appropriate to need and circumstances and complies fully with legal requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you are in need of special accommodation, please contact our office at via email at cme@bsd.uchicago.edu.

Ajanta Patel, MD  Ajanta Patel, MD, MPH
  Medical Director, Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion
  Chicago Department of Public Health

Disclosure Declarations
As a provider accredited by the ACCME, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine asks everyone who is in a position to control the content of an education activity to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any commercial interest. This includes any entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services consumed by or used on patients. The ACCME defines “relevant financial relationships” as financial relationships in any amount occurring within the past 12 months, including financial relationships of a spouse or life partner that could create a conflict of interest. Mechanisms are in place to identify and resolve any potential conflict of interest prior to the start of the activity.

Additionally, The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine requires authors to identify investigational products or off-label uses of products regulated by the US Food and Drug Administration, at first mention and where appropriate in the content.

Physician Credit
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.
The University of Chicago Pritzker School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 1.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Nursing Credit
University of Chicago Medicine is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Participants who successfully complete the entire activity and complete an evaluation form will earn 1.5 contact hours.

Physical Therapist & Occupational Therapist Credit
The University of Chicago Medical Center is a licensed continuing education provider with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation for Physical Therapy, license # 216-000030. All participants will be provided with a certificate of attendance. This course is approved for 1.50 continuing education hours for licensed therapists (PT, PTA, OT, or COTA) in Illinois. The University of Chicago Medical Center has not applied to any other state for therapist CE credit. Participants will need to do this individually through their jurisdiction outside of Illinois.
Other Health Professional Credit
Other healthcare professionals will receive a Certificate of Participation. For information on the applicability and acceptance of Certificates of Participation for educational activities certified for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™ from organizations accredited by the ACCME, please consult your professional licensing board.
Please Note: The credit claiming process will close three months after the conference end date. Requests to claim credit after three months will be subject to additional fees.
This activity is free! You can complete it at your own pace between now and December 1, 2023. Once you've created your account or logged in, simply click the button below to get started!
You will be guided through a series of short videos to help you provide the highest level of care for trach/vent children. After each video, you will be asked to complete a multiple choice question to confirm you knowledge of the topic. You can complete this activity in multiple sessions as your schedule allows. After watching all the videos, you will complete a brief evaluation and receive a certificate.

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