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Submitted by admin on June 23, 2011 - 3:08pm
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Specific Health Issues: Tracheotomy -- SHNIC School Nurses Information
- Medical diagnosis for student with tracheotomy.
- Student's need for support during reinsertion.
- Baseline status of student, color, trach size, trach secretions, respiration rate and pulse.
- Student's ability to assist with trach care (i.e., suctioning, trach change, mucous plugs).
- History of respiratory distress, signs and symptoms.
- Ability of child to breath without trach.
- Activity limitations.
- Emergency protocols regarding resus orders, reinsertion of trach, as well as what to do if trach cannot be re-inserted.
- Teaching of emergency protocols, respiratory distress and other care concerns to staff.
- Helpful Tip: Have available in a supply bag with student the following items:
- Spare tracheotomy tube, with ties attached and obturator (one trach should be a size smaller than regular trach size).
- Water soluble lubricant or saline.
- Blunt scissors.
- Suction supplies with correct suction catheter size and suction machine that is charged.
- Ambu bag with proper connecting tube for oxygen tank and trach adaptor.