The International Network of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses

Click to visit: The idea of shared learning is an important principle of the GTC and as well as learning from each other we can learn from other collaborations with similar aims and goals. The International Network of Spinal Cord Injury Nurses is a fine example. Their website includes a number of free resources and e-Learning. Spinal cord injury often necessitates tracheostomy and the holistic care of these patients may be an important part of your practice. Take a look >> 


Aaron’s Tracheostomy Page

Click to visit: A family-friendly site, maintained by Cynthia Bissell, RN, for her son Aaron, with tracheostomy care information, networking with communities, and resources readily available for patients and families.


The UK National Tracheostomy Safety Project

Click to visit: A great resource for medical professionals as well as patients, with links and partnerships with many well-established organizations.

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Tracheostomy Review and Management Services (TRAMS)

Click to visit: Developed by Austin Health in 2002, TRAMS is a consultative service providing helpful information about tracheostomy and is consisted of doctors, nurses, and physiotherapists and speech pathologists.


Tracheostomies: The Complete Guide

Click to visit: A book with an excellent overview of care for tracheostomy patients. It is a great resource for all health-care professionals.


Clinical Consensus Statement

Click to visit: By the American Academy of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery


Association of a Multidisciplinary Care Approach With the Quality of Care After Pediatric Tracheostomy

JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

Incidence of tracheostomy placement in children is increasing, and these children continue to have high incidences of morbidity and mortality. A multidisciplinary tracheostomy program may help improve the quality of care received by these patients.

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The Multidisciplinary Tracheostomy Team: A Parachute for Tracheostomy-Dependent Children

JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery

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Tracheostomy-Related Deaths A Systemic Review, Eckart Klemm, Andreas Karl Nowak

Tracheotomies are frequently performed on ventilated patients in intensive care and sometimes lead to fatal complications. In this article, we discuss the causes and frequency of death.

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University of North Carolina’s Multi-Disciplinary Children’s Airway Center

A Multidisciplinary Children’s Airway Center: Impact on the Care of Patients With Tracheostomy

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Children’s National: GTC Experience

The Global Tracheostomy Collaborative: one institution’s experience with a new quality improvement initiative

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Inpatient Nursing and Parental Comfort

Inpatient Nursing and Parental Comfort in Managing Pediatric Tracheostomy Care and Emergencies

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Doctor’s Two Tracheostomy Books For Free Download 

Dr. Itzhak Brook has made available his two books, "The Laryngectomee Guide" and "My voice, a physician's personal experience with throat cancer" for FREE download on these two sites (they are also available as paperback and Kindle at

Dr. Brook says "The Guide provides practical information on medical; dental and psychological issues; side effects of radiation and chemotherapy; methods of speaking; airway, stoma, and voice prosthesis care; eating and swallowing; medical, dental and psychological issues; respiration; anesthesia; and traveling. I hope that [health care professionals and] patients will find these books useful and informative."

Clinical Practice Guidelines 

These multidisciplinary clinical practice guidelines were developed by the AAO-HNSF. As defined by the Institute of Medicine, Clinical Practice Guidelines are “statements that include recommendations intended to optimize patient care that are informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Guidelines are one way of increasing implementation of evidence into practice. They can serve as a guide to best practices, a framework for clinical decision making, and a benchmark for evaluating performance.