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A multidisciplinary tracheostomy team has been shown to improve outcomes such as improved speaking valve use, reduced LOS, reduced time to decannulation. The webinar begins with an overview of tracheostomy teams and a general guide to forming a tracheostomy team. Linda Williams then discusses coordinating trauma, otolaryngology head and neck surgery, thoracic, pulmonary and anesthesia groups at Hershey Medical Center. How to Form a Tracheostomy Team Webinar follows Linda’s journey of how she started a tracheostomy team, different clinical roles, barriers of forming a tracheostomy team, policies/procedures and standardization to improve quality of care for this patient population, their families and staff. A flow chart is provided to organize clinicians from admission to discharge. This course is for physicians, nurses, speech-language pathologists, respiratory therapists, nurse practitioners and other clinicians working with patients with tracheostomy. This course is available for 0.2 ASHA CEUs.

Learning Objectives:

  • Provide at least 5 benefits of a tracheostomy team
  • Identify at least 3 policies and procedures to improve trach care
  • Describe at least 3 different clinician roles for a tracheostomy team
  • Determine at least 5 steps of a sample workflow for a patient admitted with a tracheostomy

Linda Williams, RRT is a Respiratory Care Practitioner at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center where she is the coordinator and creator of Multidisciplinary Trach Team. Previously, she worked as a Respiratory Care Practitioner for The Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Financial disclosures: Received a speaking fee by Tracheostomy Education. Receives a salary from Hershey Medical Center.

Non-financial disclosures: No relevant non-financial disclosures

Nicole is the owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists, the premier mobile FEES (flexible endoscopic evaluation of swallowing) company servicing New York and New Jersey.  Her areas of expertise include dysphagia management and critically complex patients including tracheostomy and mechanical ventilation in a variety of settings including acute care, long term acute, subacute, and skilled nursing.  She is also a Clinical Consultant for Passy-Muir, Inc.

Financial disclosures: Paid by Tracheostomy Education. Owner of NDoscopy Dysphagia Specialists. Passy-Muir Consultant.

Non-financial disclosures: No relevant non-financial disclosures

Course Format: Video Powerpoint with author narration and video samples

Course access: Available to purchase individually or included with All Access Membership

In order to receive a certificate of completion, learners must:

  • Agree to our terms of use, including copyright.
  • Fully complete the course videos
  • Complete and pass a 10 question multiple choice quiz with a score of 80% or higher and complete and submit the course survey. If needed, learners may re-take the test in order to achieve a passing score.


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  • 9 Modules
  • 3 Lessons
  • 2 Quizzes
  • Course Certificate

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