The insertion of a temporary tracheostomy is a common procedure in the critical care environment. This article aims to explore the evidence relating to the nursing care required for a patient with a temporary tracheostomy in a critical care or acute ward setting. The article focuses on the insertion of a tracheostomy as a planned intervention to improve or enable patient recovery, rather than an emergency procedure for airway obstruction. The procedure is not without risk and aftercare is vital to ensure the patient remains safe and the procedure aids recovery and promotes comfort.
Nursing Standard. 26, 2, 49-56. doi: 10.7748/ns2011.09.26.2.49.c8706Correspondence
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