Leading the EMS World in Pediatric Education
Thursday October 19th 2017

To AIR is Human: Assessing and Managing Tracheostomies, Episode 15


You receive a call for a 2-year-old girl with difficulty breathing. No problem, right? Upon your arrival you find that the 2-year-old girl has a tracheostomy and is on a ventilator. She appears listless and has retractions as well as a dusky appearance. Would you know what to do?

Join Kyle David Bates, Dr. Cantwell, and Dr. Romig as they walk through this case, discussing the assessment and management of a special healthcare needs child who has a tracheostomy.


At the conclusion of the podcast, the listener will be able to:

  1. Identify the different types of tracheostomy tubes;
  2. Identify patients that may have a tracheostomy;
  3. Assess and manage a child with a tracheostomy having dyspnea and on a ventilator;
  4. Discuss transport considerations of a child with special healthcare needs. 

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