• Level 3
  • 4 -6 Hours Duration
  • 1 Year Certificate

Tracheostomy Training

Tracheostomy training is required for all care staff who will be responsible for looking after patients with a tracheostomy. This the course will provide the required theoretical and practical skills.

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This tracheostomy training course aims to familiarise students with the reasons for tracheostomy and the care and management of a tracheostomy.
The goal of this tracheostomy training course is to introduce students to the purpose of tracheostomy and how to care for and manage it.

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Course Summary

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Infection control and prevention
  • Different types of tracheostomy
  • Indications for tracheostomy
  • Complications of tracheostomy
  • Changing dressings and keeping the area clean
  • Fitting, managing and changing an inner cannula tube
  • Suctioning a patient with a tracheostomy
  • Communication and care of a patient with a tracheostomy tube
  • Keeping accurate records
  • Full tube change procedure
  • Emergency tracheostomy management (resus) procedure and guidelines
  • Practical session using mannequin & suction machine

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    Where Do You Deliver The Tracheostomy Training?

    We can deliver this training at your premises, as long as it's within the UK. Also, we have our own venues in the Midlands if you don't have access to a training room. In addition, we are able to deliver this training virtually using Zoom (Zoom sessions for this course will only be available for Theory only sessions)

    Who Is This Tracheostomy Training For?

    This training is for anyone working within the health and social care sector.

    How Many Delegates Can I Have On One Session?

    We will deliver this training for a group of up to 12 delegates. Likewise, for larger groups we can either provide multiple trainers on the same day or run multiple days to get everyone trained.

    Who Will Conduct The Training?

    One of our expert clinical tutors, these are either Nurses or Doctors with an abundance of clinical and complex care experience and knowledge - so you'll be in great hands! Furthermore, we will let you know who is doing the training in advance, you can check out their skills and experience by finding them on our meet the team page.

Tracheostomy Training Course

This tracheostomy training course aims to familiarize students with the reasons for tracheostomy and the care and management of a tracheostomy.

In the training, staff will have sufficient knowledge to work with an individual with a tracheostomy safely and effectively.

Generally, this is a vital course for any staff who come into contact with service users who have a tracheostomy.

The course combines both theoretical and practical aspects, and we will bring along our own manikin and suction machine.


Tracheostomy Training is a course for healthcare professionals who care for patients with tracheostomies. The course teaches about the respiratory system, tracheostomy tubes, infection prevention, and practical skills like dressing changes. It also covers suctioning, communication, record-keeping, and emergency procedures.

After completing the course, participants will be able to provide safe and comfortable care to patients with tracheostomies.

Course Outline: Tracheostomy Training

Tracheostomy Training Course, designed to equip healthcare professionals with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide competent and compassionate care to patients with tracheostomies. Tracheostomies are common procedures performed to establish an alternate airway in various medical conditions, and proper management of these patients is essential for optimal outcomes.

In addition, the Comprehensive course will take you through a range of topics related to tracheostomy care, from understanding the applied anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system to practical skills such as suctioning and dressing changes. Furthermore, you will also gain insights into infection control practices, different types of tracheostomy tubes, and the indications and complications associated with tracheostomies.

Here is the summary breakdown of the course outline:

I. Applied Anatomy and Physiology

  • Overview of the anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system
  • Detailed study of the trachea and its surrounding structures
  • Understanding the role of the tracheostomy in airway management

II. Infection Control and Prevention

  • Importance of maintaining aseptic techniques during tracheostomy care
  • Understanding the risk of infection and strategies for prevention
  • Proper hand hygiene and personal protective equipment (PPE) usage

III. Different Types of Tracheostomy

  • Introduction to various types of tracheostomy tubes and their features
  • Differentiating between cuffed and uncuffed tubes
  • Discussion on fenestrated tracheostomy tubes and their indications

IV. Indications for Tracheostomy

  • Common medical conditions that may require a tracheostomy
  • Understanding the indications for both temporary and permanent tracheostomies
  • Discussion on the benefits and risks of tracheostomy placement

V. Complications of Tracheostomy

  • Identifying potential complications associated with tracheostomy
  • Managing complications such as bleeding, infection, and tube dislodgement
  • Recognizing and responding to emergency situations related to tracheostomy

VI. Changing Dressings and Keeping the Area Clean

  • Techniques for safely removing and applying tracheostomy dressings
  • Maintaining cleanliness and preventing infection around the tracheostomy site
  • Proper use of sterile techniques and wound care products

VII. Fitting, Managing, and Changing an Inner Cannula Tube

  • Understanding the purpose and function of the inner cannula
  • Practical guidance on inserting, managing, and removing the inner cannula
  • Troubleshooting common issues related to the inner cannula

VIII. Suctioning a Patient with a Tracheostomy

  • Importance of regular suctioning to maintain a patent airway
  • Techniques for safe and effective suctioning of tracheostomized patients
  • Discussion on indications, equipment selection, and potential complications

IX. Communication and Care of a Patient with a Tracheostomy Tube

  • Strategies for effective communication with tracheostomized patients
  • Promoting patient comfort and psychological well-being
  • Addressing the psychosocial aspects of living with a tracheostomy

X. Keeping Accurate Records

  • Documentation requirements for tracheostomy care
  • Importance of accurate and timely record-keeping
  • Understanding legal and ethical considerations in record-keeping

XI. Full Tube Change Procedure

  • Step-by-step guidance on performing a complete tracheostomy tube change
  • Precautions to ensure patient safety during the procedure
  • Recognizing and managing potential complications during tube changes

XII. Emergency Tracheostomy Management (Resus) Procedure and Guidelines

  • Understanding the indications for emergency tracheostomy
  • Detailed instructions on performing emergency tracheostomy
  • Discussion on resuscitation techniques and equipment required

XIII. Practical Session Using Mannequin & Suction Machine

  • Hands-on practice using a mannequin to simulate tracheostomy care
  • Demonstrations and practice sessions on proper suctioning techniques
  • Guidance on equipment setup, troubleshooting, and maintenance

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the Tracheostomy Training course, participants should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of the applied anatomy and physiology of the respiratory system and its relevance to tracheostomy care.
  2. Apply effective infection control and prevention techniques to maintain a sterile environment during tracheostomy procedures.
  3. Identify and differentiate between different types of tracheostomy tubes and their indications for use.
  4. Recognize the common indications for tracheostomy placement and understand the associated medical conditions.
  5. Identify and manage potential complications related to tracheostomies, such as bleeding, infection, and tube dislodgement.
  6. Perform dressing changes and maintain cleanliness around the tracheostomy site using appropriate techniques.
  7. Demonstrate proficiency in fitting, managing, and changing an inner cannula tube.
  8. Safely perform suctioning procedures on patients with tracheostomies, considering indications, techniques, and potential complications.
  9. Effectively communicate with and provide care for patients with tracheostomy tubes, addressing their psychological and comfort needs.
  10. Understand the importance of accurate record-keeping for tracheostomy care and adhere to relevant documentation requirements.
  11. Perform a full tracheostomy tube change procedure, following appropriate safety measures and managing potential complications.
  12. Apply emergency tracheostomy management procedures and guidelines, including resuscitation techniques, during critical situations.
  13. Demonstrate practical skills through hands-on sessions using mannequins and suction machines, incorporating the knowledge acquired during the course.

Upon completion of the Tracheostomy Training course, participants will possess the knowledge, skills, and competence necessary to provide comprehensive and safe care to patients with tracheostomies, enhancing patient outcomes and ensuring optimal healthcare delivery in this specialized area.

How long does tracheostomy training take?

Tracheostomy training typically takes approximately 4-6 hours to complete at Caring for Care Limited. This allows healthcare professionals to gain a good understanding of the procedures, techniques, and skills necessary to provide competent and safe care to patients with tracheostomies.

We offer two versions of this tracheostomy training course:

  • Half day refresher
  • Full day with simulation

Depending on which version of the course is chosen, it will alter the price, max delegate count and the certificate issued on completion. For more information on which course is best suited to your business, get in contact today.

Who can administer a tracheostomy?

A tracheostomy is a medical procedure that is usually done by special doctors called otolaryngologists or general surgeons. They have the training and know-how to safely do the procedure, which involves making a small hole in the neck and putting a tube in the windpipe. It’s important to remember that this is a complex procedure and should only be done by trained doctors in a safe and clean environment.

Question and Answer?

What is tracheostomy training?

Tracheostomy training is a special educational training that teaches healthcare professionals how to properly care for and manage patients with a tracheostomy.

The training covers various aspects, such as tracheostomy tube maintenance, suctioning techniques, emergency response, infection control, and communication strategies tailored to tracheostomized patients.

This training aims to ensure the safety and well-being of patients with tracheostomies and empower healthcare providers with the skills and knowledge needed to provide effective care.

Tracheostomy is a medical procedure where a small hole is made in the front of the neck. This helps people breathe better when they have trouble with their normal airways.

A tube is placed in the hole to keep it open, so air can go directly to their lungs. A tracheostomy is done to help people who have difficulty breathing or have a blockage in their throat.

Will Attending This Training Make Me Competent?

In short, no. No classroom-based training course can give you full competency – be very wary of anyone claiming they can.

However, our classroom-based assessments are designed to bridge the gap between classroom learning and workplace competency, we will provide you with the relevant workbooks and competency pro-formas to be observed and signed off within the workplace according to your local policy.

We have put together this handy blog and video content to explain how this works – click here to read 

Can anyone perform a tracheotomy?

Tracheotomy is a surgical procedure that should only be performed by qualified and trained medical professionals. It requires specialized skills in airway management and surgery.

Performing a tracheotomy without proper training can be dangerous and lead to serious complications. It is essential to have licensed medical professionals handle this procedure.

Are nurses allowed to do tracheostomy?

Qualified surgeons or trained medical professionals typically perform the tracheostomy procedure itself, and nurses are not typically allowed to do so.

However, nurses play a vital role in caring for patients after the procedure, providing post-operative care, and managing tracheostomy sites.

They collaborate closely with the healthcare team to ensure the well-being and safety of patients with tracheostomies throughout their recovery.

What are the three types of tracheostomy?

There are three main types of tracheostomy procedures:

  1. Percutaneous Tracheostomy: This is a minimally invasive procedure performed at the bedside using a special kit. The surgeon creates the tracheostomy opening directly through the neck skin and trachea using a needle and dilators.
  2. Open Surgical Tracheostomy: This traditional surgical approach involves making an incision in the front of the neck to access the trachea. The surgeon then creates the tracheostomy opening and places a tracheostomy tube.
  3. Laparoscopic Tracheostomy: This procedure uses a laparoscope, which is a small camera, to guide the surgeon in creating the tracheostomy opening. In certain cases, medical professionals may use a minimally invasive technique.

The choice of tracheostomy type depends on the patient’s condition, the surgeon’s expertise, and other factors specific to each individual case.

The tracheostomy training course provided by Caring For Care was vital in helping us secure complex care contracts in our area. The process of booking with the team was painless - highly recommended!