PEL/VIP’s Trach Management Program
The overall objectives of the Trach Program are:
- To meet the unique needs of patients with a tracheostomy with the goal to decannulate and consistently attempt to decannulate all patients with whom it is clinically appropriate, but when not possible, the focus is on patient-focused management to allow the patient to return to as high quality of life as possible with the trach.
- To educate the patient the family and the facility staff to the nature of the tracheostomy and the special care features.
- To prepare the patient and family for transition to home with or without a tracheostomy.
- To have a multidisciplinary effort supporting, treating, and educating the trach patient and reduce their chances of re-hospitalization.
A multidisciplinary approach has been established in setting standardized policy and procedures for the program. Staff education is accomplished through training modules, in-person training, mentoring, written material as well as other means. In addition staff training may include care giver training tools for the education of patients and families:
- Respiratory Therapy/ Nursing
- Speech Therapy
- Referral to Support Groups for patients and families
Program License Includes:
- Intensive Education and Training of a Facility Specialized Trach Care Team (consist of RN’s/LPN’s, CNA’s, Speech Therapy, Nutritionist)
- General Education for rest of facility staff
- Operation Manual assisting with the setup of a specialized Trach care unit within your facility (includes equipment/supply needs, location advice, and other trach specific needs)
- Pre-admit questionnaire to ensure smooth care coordination of the trach patient
- Scoring Tool to place the patient into specific Care Pathway
- Care Plan(s) and Algorithms for the weaning of the patient
- Outcome collection tool
- Outcome Reporting
Outcome Management and Reporting
It is the goal of the program to decannulate and consistently attempt to decannulate all patients with whom it is clinically appropriate, along with providing marketable outcomes to present to your referral sources, show them the work you are doing for the trach patients and the success you are having.