Current Physiotherapy knowledge of temporary Tracheostomies in St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny

Title: Current Physiotherapy knowledge of temporary Tracheostomies in St. Luke’s General Hospital, Kilkenny
Author(s): KDowling
Institution: St. Luke's hospital Kilkenny
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Abstract: The title of this study is 'Current Physiotherapy knowledge of temporary tracheostomies in St. Luke's General Hospital, Kilkenny', conducted by Kathleen Dowling, rotational staff grade physiotherapist at St. Luke's general hospial Kilkenny, PT023814.

As a result of increased numbers of patients requiring mechanical ventilation during the covid-19 pandemic, and because of the pathophysiological nature of this disease many more patient had temporary tracheostomies performed. As a result, exposure, care and management of tracheostomies was seen for all MDT's involved in the care of these patients.
There is currently no national policy on the care and management of temporary and or longstanding patients with tracheostomies from an MDT prospect. The international recognition of the greater MDT's role and responsibilities has been driven by the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative and the UK National Safety Project. Many hospitals have their own locally developed policies, however based on verbal discussions this varies greatly between hospitals for various reasons.
Locally I have already completed some research amongst the respiratory on-call physiotherapy department in St. Luke's hospital via an online questionnaire, specific to patients with tracheostomies and how to care and provide management of them. Results were collaborated and areas of weakest knowledge identified. As a result, 3 audio virtual presentations were completed by the senior respiratory physiotherapist, focusing on areas of knowledge specific to physiotherapy but also in reflection of areas identified as weakest in the virtual questionnaire.
On re-audit results were significantly improved and as a result demonstrating ongoing professional learning, development and keeping up to date with best practice.