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Goals and Learning Outcomes

Tracheostomy is the procedure that creates an opening from the midline of the throat into the trachea. A tracheostomy tube (TT), a type of artificial airway, is placed in the stoma to keep it open. Tracheostomy tubes allow for removal of secretions and relief of airway obstruction due to trauma, bleeding, tumors, tissue swelling, infections, chemical or inhalation burns, and obstructive sleep apnea. TTs also are used when patients cannot protect their own airway and when an oral airway cannot be accessed. The healthcare professional’s knowledge of TTs can improve patient care and outcomes. This course provides evidence-based information for the care of the patient with a TT. Plans of care and interprofessional collaboration are geared to the needs of each patient. Quality of life and safety are key areas of concern and require the healthcare professional to maintain adequate knowledge about the artificial airway.

After taking this course, you should be able to:

  • Recall basic nursing interventions related to a tracheostomy such as stoma care, suctioning, dressing changes, reducing infection, and care of the speaking valve.

Course Termination Date: Not yet determined

Content Expiration Date: 12/31/24

Course Originally Released On: 01/01/23

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Accreditation Information


In support of improving patient care, Relias LLC is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, CEP#13791

Disclaimer: Not all courses will provide California Board of Registered Nursing approval. Per California Assembly Bill No. 241, continuing education courses related to direct patient care shall address at least one or a combination of the following:(1) Examples of how implicit bias affects perceptions and treatment decisions of licensees, leading to disparities in health outcomes; or (2) Strategies to address how unintended biases in decision-making may contribute to health care disparities by shaping behavior and producing differences in medical treatment along lines of race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, socioeconomic status, or other characteristics.



Relias LLC reports to CEBroker for the following boards (Provider # 50-1489): Arkansas State Board Of Nursing, District Of Columbia Board Of Nursing, Florida Board Of Nursing, Georgia Board Of Nursing, New Mexico Board Of Nursing, South Carolina Board Of Nursing and  West Virginia Board Of Examiners For Registered Professional Nurses


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None of the planners/faculty, unless otherwise noted, for this educational activity have relevant financial relationship(s) to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.