Article by Dr David Roberson and Dr. Gerry Healy posted in the American College of Surgeons Bulletin

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The members of the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) assert that tracheostomy related catastrophic events are like central line-associated infections—they can be eliminated. The GTC is working with health care providers, hospitals, patients, and families around the globe to make the vision of universal safe tracheostomy care a reality. At present, 45 hospitals around the world are members of the GTC, working to implement key drivers that help eliminate adverse events while...

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Tracheostomy Care Takes a Team

Nurses' role in helping restore patients' speech

Too often, tracheostomy patients literally do not have a voice in their own care. But nurses are in a position to help patients discover their voice and to conduct research to strengthen evidence-based practice and improve patient outcomes.

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Dr. Brendan McGrath Approved £400k Grant

The Health Foundation ( is an “independent charity committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the United Kingdom.” The £400,000 ($600,000 US dollars) grant will help fund 20 institutions in the United Kingdom to join the Global Tracheostomy Collaborative (GTC) and evaluate in detail the benefits to patients, their families, the institutions and to the wider NHS of membership. 

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Shine Leader Dr Brendan McGrath Appointed as National Tracheostomy Lead Clinician by NHS England

Dr Brendan McGrath has been appointed as National Tracheostomy Lead Clinician by NHS England in recognition of his work improving patient safety. He currently leads a successful Health Foundation funded project which aims to reduce the frequency, nature and severity of harm associated with tracheostomies. Dr McGrath, a consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine at University Hospital of South Manchester, will take up this new position as a National Clinical Advisor.

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