Date & Time: May 6th, 5.00pm Baltimore, USA / 4.00pm Chicago, USA / 2.00pm Los Angeles, USA / 10.00pm London, UK / May 7th at 7.00am Melbourne, Australia

There has been spirited debate regarding the tradeoffs of percutaneous versus surgical tracheostomy amid the COVID-19 pandemic and how they affect postoperative care. In this webinar, leading experts who have published on tracheostomy in New England Journal of Medicine and other premiere forums share their expertise and perspectives.  With background in interventional pulmonary, thoracic surgery, and pediatric otolaryngology, our speakers will discuss best practices with approaches, as well as nuances of how technique can inform team management. In addition, speakers will also discuss new techniques and safety considerations while performing a tracheostomy and provide postoperative care


  • Describe percutaneous and surgical open tracheostomy techniques to perform a tracheostomy
  • Distinguish how tracheostomy techniques may vary for adult and pediatric population
  • Discuss how anatomical factors may influence technique and postoperative care
  • Consider indications for bronchoscopy and laryngeal ultrasound during COVID-19 pandemic
  • Appraise the implications of different operative techniques on post-operative care


  • Vinciya Pandian PhD, MBA, MSN, RN, ACNP-BC, FAANP, FAAN, FRCSI Johns Hopkins University
  • Michael Brenner, MD, FACS, University of Michigan Medical School and President, Global Tracheostomy Collaborative
  • Amy Freeman-Sanderson, PhD, BAppSc, Speech Path, University of Technology Sydney


  • Hugh G. Auchincloss, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Division of Thoracic Surgery, Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
  • David Feller-Kopman, MD, Chief, Pulmonary & Critical Care Medicine, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Lebanon, New Hampshire
  • Brandon Hopkins, MD, Assistant Professor, Section Head, Pediatric Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, Ohio

Audience: All inter-professional team members, including physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists, speech-language pathologists, anesthesia/critical care specialists, other health workers, patients with tracheostomy, and family members 

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