Home Care of Pediatric Tracheostomies, Ventilators, and G-Tubes
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.
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.
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Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
University of Chicago
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