This is a comprehensive guide for the care of pediatric tracheotomies prepared by a parent who has lived with the anxiety and frustrations that are a part of the everyday experience of those charged with the care of these children. The tremendous social impact such a child makes on the entire family is formidable. Pediatricians encourage parent participation and home care for all children capable of living at home. The most disabled child can be maintained at home and even attend school with the proper medical, nursing and social supports. The author has written in layman's language with simple graphic illustrations for ease of comprehension. The book should enable any parent who wants to bring a child back home again to be able to do so with the expert advice of the child's doctor and home care program.
Foreword by Gerald B. Healy, M.D.
Foreword by Mark. N. Goldstein, M.D.
1. Function of a Tracheotomy and Indications
2. Role of the Hospital Nurse Clinician
3. Home Care Overview—Emotional Aspects
4. General Home Care for Children with Tracheotomies
6. Inner Cannula Care
7. Care of External Area Around the Stoma
8. Changing the Tracheotomy Tube
9. Changing the Tracheotomy Tapes
10. Home Care of the Child with a Tracheotomy who is Ventilator Dependent
12. Emergency Measures
13. Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
14. Respiratory Care Equipment Used in the Home
15. Cleaning Procedures for Respiratory Equipment
17. Assisting Agencies
19. Checking Your Progress
20. Answer Key