Journal article

Evaluation of the implementation of a Tracheostomy Review Services (TRS): an observational cohort study

Anne Marie Southcott, Clare Holdsworth, Louise Malcolm, Sanjeevan Muruganandan, Elizabeth Skinner

Journal of Interprofessional Care | TAYLOR & FRANCIS INC | Published : 2019


It has been suggested that interprofessional tracheostomy teams improve safety, enhance outcomes and promote excellence. This study evaluated the effect of a Tracheostomy Review Service (TRS) on patient outcomes and staff attitudes. The TRS reviewed patients with a tracheostomy tube (TT) in situ on our wards. Data was collected via medical record audit. Two years of retrospective data (n = 39) was compared with 12 months of prospective data (n = 28) for: length of cannulation (LOC); length of ward-based cannulation (LOWBC); length of stay (LOS); ICU LOS (ICU-length of stay); the frequency and time to trial one way valve (PMV); and tracheostomy-related adverse events (AE). Staff were also sur..

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