NCEPOD have recently published their report on tracheostomy care. The slides from the report are attached below and there are some interesting points to make as a speciality.
We do a lot of them and about 70% of them are percutaneous rather than surgical
We probably do not consent adequately for them
Patients go to a wide variety of wards following their tracheostomy and the protocols for care could be improved.
This audit gives us a good baseline and we need Nationwide to improve our care of these patients. It will be interesting to see the re-audit in a year or two's time.