Connected Care Quick Hits Volume 1

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Connected Care Quick Hits are up to date and evidence based recommendations for the care of children with medical complexity & technology dependence, from hospital to home.


This Week's Practice Hint!

SITUATION:

At recent Connected Care education sessions, home care nurses described being unsure about what is included in an Emergency Tracheostomy Kit

RECOMMENDATION:

At the beginning of each shift as a safety check and when travelling with a child– be sure to always double check contents and bring your Emergency Tracheostomy Kit!

Emergency Tracheostomy Kit- Minimum Contents

  • Spare tracheostomy (same size) with obturator and ties assembled

  • Spare tracheostomy tube (one size (usually .5mm) smaller in DIAMETER) with obturator and ties assembled (store in a small, well-labelled clear bag)

  • Normal saline nebules (small, sealed tubes that are filled with saline)

  • Water soluble lubricant

  • Round-ended scissors

  • Clean tracheostomy gauze (dressing)

  • Manual suction setup: 20 mL syringe with feeding tube attached (in case the suction machine malfunctions)