Healthcare staff need to know what to do if an airway emergency occurs

There are often warning signs, or ‘red flags’ that can alert healthcare staff that there may be a problem with a tracheostomy. Investigating and addressing problems before they develop can reduce harm. 

Tracheostomy emergencies can develop rapidly into life threatening situations and being prepared with the right knowledge, equipment and support can help us manage emergencies in a structured way. Our algorithms will guide responders in a logical way, to address common, treatable issues first. The procedures get more complex as you progress through the algorithm but any staff caring for tracheostomy patients will be able to follow the early, key steps to help manage these stressful situations.