Medical Resources: e-Learning
We have collaborated with the e-Learning in Anaesthesia project from the Royal College of Anaesthetists to develop 4 self directed modules. The links below open the modules in a new window.
Module 1: Basic knowledge (anatomy, physiology, indications, procedures)
Module 2: Emergency Management (tracheostomy and laryngectomy)
Module 3: Nursing and General Care (including associated devices)
Module 4: Tracheostomy & Cricothyroidotomy tubes & emergency airway access
Please note that the modules are available in isolation from this site for educational purposes, with permission from eLfH. If you want to record your eCPD and document that you have completed these modules, we suggest you register and access them via the eLfH website.
Click here for eLfH homepage.
Click here for the eLfH tracheostomy pages.
The modules are designed for the independent learning of medical, nursing and allied health practitioners and students at all stages of their career. The course comprises 3 modules and explains the knowledge and skills required to safely manage patients with a tracheostomy or laryngectomy. The learner is taken through the basic anatomical and physiological changes involved whilst explaining the procedures and different types of tracheostomy tubes and devices used in 'neck breathing' patients. Management of emergencies from the first responder through to advanced interventions are described using videos and diagrams. Routine management and 'troubleshooting' tracheostomy problems are covered in detail. The resources are aimed at the hospital practitioner, but are applicable to those based in the community.
We would value any feedback on these modules - Please click here to email.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
- Describe the key differences between a tracheostomy and laryngectomy.
- Describe the indications for tracheostomy.
- Understand the physiological changes that occur when a patient has a tracheostomy.
- Describe the relevant anatomy and procedures involved in performing a tracheostomy and explain why this is improtant.
- Describe the principles of routine and nursing care for 'neck breathing' patients.
- Describe the emergency management of a 'neck breathing' patient who develops respiratory distress.
- Understand the different types of tubes and devices that can be used with tracheostomies and laryngectomies.