Role of the multidisciplinary team in the care of the tracheostomy patient

Barbara Bonvento, Sarah Wallace, James Lynch, Barry Coe, Brendan A McGrath

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Tracheostomies are used to provide artificial airways for increasingly complex patients for a variety of indications. Patients and their families are dependent on knowledgeable multidisciplinary staff, including medical, nursing, respiratory physiotherapy and speech and language therapy staff, dieticians and psychologists, from a wide range of specialty backgrounds. There is increasing evidence that coordinated tracheostomy multidisciplinary teams can influence the safety and quality of care for patients and their families. This article reviews the roles of these team members and highlights the potential for improvements in care.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)391-398
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of multidisciplinary healthcare
Early online date11 Oct 2017
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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